The House of Rothschild 1934

The House of Rothschild

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This sanitized take on the famed Rothschild family, a prominent European banking clan with Jewish roots, was in part a Hollywood effort to combat swelling tides of anti-Semitism during the 1930s. After patriarch Mayer (George Arliss) establishes the business, his five sons, led by Nathan (also played by Arliss), rise to significant heights, despite being dogged by a powerful politician (Boris Karloff). Meanwhile, Mayer's daughter (Loretta Young) falls for a handsome officer (Robert Young).

Cast & Crew

George Arliss
Mayer Rothschild, Nathan Rothschild
Boris Karloff
Count Ledrantz
Loretta Young
Julia Rothschild
Robert Young
Capt. Fitzroy
C. Aubrey Smith
Duke of Wellington
Helen Westley
Gudula Rothschild
Florence Arliss
Hannah Rothschild
Alan Mowbray
Prince Metternich
Alfred Newman
Original Music
J. Peverell Marley
Cinematographer
Allen McNeil
Film Editor
Robert Webb
Casting
Richard Day
Art Director
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for The House of Rothschild

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Audience Reviews for The House of Rothschild

  • Aug 19, 2014
    Who is George Arliss? Talk film with anyone, newbie fan to longtime devotee, and see who mentions him. Nobody. And yet he was something of an auteur in his day, respectable as a bank and better thought of. This is the first thing I've ever seen him in, the kind of thing he was most known for, historical bio-pics. And its an unusual bit too. A film about banking? Are you kidding me? And Jewish bankers no less? In a positive light? Talk about flying in the face of public perceptions! Wake me when it's over, okay? And yet: objective achieved. Because of George Arliss, class, humanity, distinction, purpose, he's the hub from which these qualities flow to and through the whole piece, a benevolent fatherly presence that's believable. I was impressed.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 18, 2013
    In my opinion this is a hidden gem from the thirties that doesn't get a lot of airplay but probably should. It is one of the first looks at anti-semitism on film and is a great history lesson as well as a great film.
    John B Super Reviewer

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