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Disraeli Details


In the early days of sound film, one of Warner Bros.' big box-office draws was the aging stage actor George Arliss and, in Disraeli, Arliss scored his biggest box-office hit. He is at his best as the foxy British prime minister (in a role he created on-stage and re-created earlier in a 1921 silent film version of the same play). The film concerns the machinations of Disraeli in his efforts to secure the Suez Canal for England. After his liberal opponent Gladstone defeats Disraeli's attempt to raise a line of credit to buy the Suez Canal, Disraeli retires to his country estate to plot a new strategy. When he intercepts a coded telegram from an Egyptian potentate indicating Egyptian financial problems and a willingness to make a deal on the canal, Disraeli jumps on the chance to secure funding from the Bank of England but is denied the credit. Searching for another funding source, he obtains the services of international banker Hugh Meyers (Ivan Simpson). However, when Disraeli's emissary arrives in Cairo with a check to purchase Suez, it is discovered that Meyer has gone bankrupt. Now Disraeli must enlist all his charm and wiles to persuade the Bank of England to honor the bad check. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi


Awarded by
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Julien Josephson Best Screenplay 1929 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences George Arliss Best Actor 1929 Winner


George Arliss
as Disraeli
Joan Bennett
as Lady Clarissa Pevensey
Anthony Bushell
as Lord Charles Deeford
David Torrence
as Lord Probert
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Agatha Travers
Ivan Simpson
as Hugh Myers
Michael Visaroff
as Count Bosrinov
Margaret Mann
as Queen Victoria
George Atkinson
as Bit


Alfred E. Green
Julien Josephson
Lee Garmes
Louis Silvers
Composer (Music Score)
Owen Marks