Disraeli (Disraeli: The Noble Ladies of Scandal) (1929)



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Biographical account of Queen Victoria's trusted Prime Minister, Benjamin Disraeli, dramatizing his work to best the Russians and obtain control of the Suez Canal. Academy Award-winner for best actor (George Arliss).


George Arliss
as Benjamin Disraeli
Joan Bennett
as Lady Clarissa Pevensey
Florence Arliss
as Lady Mary Beaconsfield
David Torrence
as Lord Probert
Anthony Bushell
as Charles/Lord Deeford
Ivan Simpson
as Hugh Meyers
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Agatha Travers
Gwendolen Logan
as Duchess of Glastonbury
Gwendolyn Logan
as Duchess of Glastonbury
Jack Deery
as Bascot
Michael Visaroff
as Count Bosrinov
Norman Cannon
as Foljambe
Henry Carvill
as Duke of Glastonbury
Henry J. Carvill
as Duke of Glastonbury
Shayle Gardner
as Dr. Williams
Powell York
as Flookes
Margaret Mann
as Queen Victoria
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Critic Reviews for Disraeli (Disraeli: The Noble Ladies of Scandal)

All Critics (5)

Recreating a role that he had played on stage and in a silent film, Arliss brings class and elegance to this early talkie about the British politician in one of Warner's first biopics.

Mar 15, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

George Arliss vehicle is pretty stagey, but worth seeing for his title performance.

Jan 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

good in its day; too stagy and hammy for today's audiences and tastes

Dec 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

It's a delightful film that brings back nostalgia for the good old days of 1874.

Aug 16, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Weighed down by a terribly outdated acting style and leaden direction, but George Arliss's Oscar-winning performance makes it watchable.

Feb 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Disraeli (Disraeli: The Noble Ladies of Scandal)


Considering it was made the first year sound was prevalent the film isn't too stodgy but it is slow moving. Arliss is an actor of the grand manner which takes a little getting use to but he gives a good performance overall. Joan Bennett is sweetly appealing in her early blonde phase. She didn't really make a great impression for several years beyond this when she switched to being a brunette and a noir staple.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Slightly entertaining dated film about former British Prime Minister Disraeli as he deals with bounced cheques and international intrigue..all about the Suez and simple matters like that.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Very stagy, theatrical. Bored me. This is an early talky, so the movie industry was still struggling with adding sound and dialog to the picture. They let go of some of their good techniques from the silent era and tripped all over themselves rediscovering how to make movies.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

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