Loyalties (1933 film)
|Directed by||Basil Dean|
|Produced by||Basil Dean|
|Written by||John Galsworthy (play) |
|Starring||Basil Rathbone |
|Edited by||Thorold Dickinson|
|Distributed by||ABFD (UK) |
Harold Auten (US)
|3 July 1933|
The film addresses the theme of anti-Semitism. The film was part of an increased trend depicting mistreatment of Jews in British films during the 1930s, tied to the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, but is unusual in its depiction of prejudice in Britain as most other films were set in a non-British, historical context.
While a houseguest at an upper-class gathering, wealthy Jew Ferdinand de Levis is robbed of £1,000 with evidence pointing towards the guilt of another guest, Captain Dancy. Instead of supporting De Levis, the host attempts to hush the matter up and when this fails, he sides with Dancy and subtly tries to destroy de Levis' reputation. When Dancy is later exposed, and commits suicide, de Levis is blamed for his demise.
- Basil Rathbone - Ferdinand de Levis
- Heather Thatcher - Margaret Orme
- Miles Mander - Captain Ronald Dancy, DSO
- Joan Wyndham - Mabel, Mrs. Borring
- Philip Strange - Major Colford
- Alan Napier - General Canynge
- Cecily Byrne - Lady Adela
- Athole Stewart - Lord St. Erth
- Patric Curwen - Sir Fredric Blair
- Marcus Barron - The Lord Chief Justice
- Ben Field - Gilman
- Griffith Humphreys - Inspector Jones
- Robert Coote - Robert
- Aubrey Dexter - Kentman
- Laurence Hanray - Jacob Twisden
- Stafford Hilliard - Treisure
- Anthony Holles - Ricardos
- Mike Johnson - Jenkins
- Arnold Lucy - Googie
- Don MacKay - Mike Sawchuck
- Robert Mawdesley - Edward Graviter
- Maxine Sandra - Ricardo's Daughter
- Patrick Waddington - Augustus Borring
- Algernon West - Charles Winsor
Film rights were purchased by Herbert Wilcox for £9,000. He developed a screenplay for an extra £2,000. Galsworthy had contractual rights of approval over the project. Wilcox sold the project to William Fox for £20,000.
The film was the first to be made by Associated Talking Pictures (which later became Ealing Studios), after the breakdown of their arrangement with RKO Pictures. Carol Reed and Thorold Dickinson both worked on the film's production as assistant directors. Edward Carrick designed the film's sets.
- Low, Rachel. History of British Film: Volume VII, 1929-1939. Routledge, 1997
- Robertson, James C. The British Board of Film Censors: film censorship in Britain, 1896-1950. Croom Helm, 1985.