Director: Elia Kazan Cast: Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire, John Garfield, Celeste Holm, Anne Revere, June Havoc, Albert Dekker, Jane Wyatt, Dean Stockwell, Nicholas Joy, Sam Jaffe
Academy Awards: Best Picture; Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Celeste Holm); Best Director (Elia Kazan)
Also Nominated For: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Gregory Peck); Best Actress in a Leading Role (Dorothy McGuire); Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Anne Revere); Best Screenplay (Moss Hart); Best Film Editing
I First Saw In: 2016
Synopsis: A reporter pretends to be Jewish in order to cover a story on anti-Semitism, and personally discovers the true depths of bigotry and hatred.
Did You Know? Celeste Holm is on record as saying that Gregory Peck was no fun to work with. Indeed, Peck and director Elia Kazan did not get along during production. Kazan was not impressed with Peck’s performance, and the two never worked together again.
And now a Word from the Guise:
This timely and incredibly important film is marred by a most lacklustre performance by Gregory Peck. The only thing more dull than his monotonous recitation is his deadpan stare. Though he smiles occasionally, his eyes are hollow, and you can tell that his heart is not into it.
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