Full of little things about the cast and crew, including some fine-grained details on Williams` score, the extensively studied commentary track from film critic Nick Pinkerton is here the most remarkable place. Pinkerton defends this film, often despised as the work of the dunderheaded poetry and Clint Eastwood as a great populist artist. In addition, there are a few interviews: a newly shot play with Reiner Schon who, despite the insidious circumstances, remembers the consolation he felt under Eastwood`s direction and an incurable archival clip in which Heidi Brehl is interviewed by a flirting Italian. Some original marketing materials — a long advertising role and television and radio commercials — complete the package. The selected clip cannot be loaded at this time. The bestseller Gentleman`s Agreement was published in Cosmopolitan (Nov 1946-February 1947) before being published as a book. In an interview with Cosmopolitan in July 1947, author Laura Z. Hobson said, « What have I tried to do with this book? I think a woman who wrote to me put it in two wonderful sentences. She says: « The bad guys aren`t really scary. It`s the millions of nice people who do and let them do horrible things. I think that`s the problem with what I was trying to say. Hobson noted that Darryl Zanuck, Fox`s production manager, who made the film his only personal production in 1947, told him that if the film failed in the box office of the cinema, « Hollywood would go back twenty years to be honest with the problem of prejudice. » The film was the first time the famous playwright Moss Hart wrote directly for the screen. Director Elia Kazan writes in his autobiography that Jewish leaders from other major film studios held a meeting at which they pushed Hart to convince Zanuck not to make the film because they did not want to stir up anti-Semitism. In a March 1947 New York Times article, « some objections [against the film] came from Jews who thought the image could increase intolerance rather than reduce it, but much Jewish opinion agreed with the project, according to Zanuck. In a November 1947 New York Times column, critic Bosley Crowther said that a « famous Hollywood producer » was trying to convince hard that the film should not be made, a situation that is reflected in the film itself when a Jewish industrialist who quotes Crowther says, « You can`t write it from existence.
The less we talk about it, the better. Leave him alone! According to The final recordings of Twentieth Century-Fox, scenes were shot at various locations in New York, including Rockefeller Plaza and the NBC Building, and in Darien, CT. The Los Angeles Daily News reported that John Garfield accepted his limited role in the film after Zanuck promised that the film would remain true to Hart`s screenplay. The film`s advertisement says that Zanuck Garfield paid « his full star salary » for the role.