It is about the anti-Semitism of prosperous post-war America and the insidious way in which Jews were excluded from high-level social clubs, resorts and, of course, jobs. There have been no official bans, just a nod and a nod and a ”gentleman`s agreement” between nice conservatives they know the kind of people they want to be associated with. This is the kind of everyday prejudice that Groucho Marx elegantly dismissed with his joke that he did not want to join a club that would have him as a member. Phil is tormenting himself on how to write this article. He looks at blunt statistics and decides that it is a dry and futile approach. (And here`s the first question a modern audience could ask – wait! What statistics exactly? These statistics are interesting… Aren`t they?) Phil is tormented by knowing what it`s like to be Jewish and to face prejudice. He repeats himself on his Jewish friend Dave Goldman (John Garfield) who is in the army: ”What does Dave think?” Here`s a great and moving film — the best that`s come from an American studio in a few years. Peck plays Phil Green, a charming and friendly widower with a grandson, Tommy (Dean Stockwell); He is a journalist of a certain reputation who came to New York to find a writing job for a liberal magazine. The owner, John Minify (Albert Dekker), introduces Philip to his elegant, beautiful niece, although a little fragile, Kathy (Dorothy McGuire), who has an idea of functionality – how about writing about anti-Semitism? In the premiere of a new series, Peter Bradshaw explains why the 1947 drama about a journalist who explores anti-Semitism by posing as a Jew remains a sharp, open-minded clock.
The film was adapted by Moss Hart after the bestseller by popular author Laura Z Hobson, who moved her .B. by outrage at how a congressman called columnist Walter Winchell a ”kike” without anyone whispering. Philip Green is a highly respected writer, recruited by a national magazine to write a series of articles on anti-Semitism in America. He`s not too sensitive to the series, especially since he`s not sure how he should approach the subject. Then he realizes that if he pretended to be Jewish to everyone, he could experience the degree of racism and prejudice that exists and write his story from that point of view. It doesn`t take him long to experience bigotry. His anger at the way he is treated also has repercussions on his relationship with Kathy Lacy, the niece of his publisher and the person who even proposed the series. Written by garykmcd When Phil researches his history, he experiences several incidents of bigotry.