Amateur Gentleman – 1936 | 102 mins | Drama | B&W
Period adventure piece of an innkeeperís son who masquerades as a London gentlemen during the Regency period to unmask a thief. The film was amongst a trio Douglas Fairbanks Jr. made in England during the mid 30s, co-producing two including Amateur Gentlemen.
Set in 1810, idealistic young gentlemen Barnabas Barty (Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), the son of an innkeeper, angers many with his liberal views on corporal punishment. When his father John (Frank Pettingell) is accused of robbing one of his most loyal patrons, the Marquess of Comberhurst, he faces the prospect of public hanging if found guilty. Young Barney, aided by his fatherís closest friend Natty Bell (Gordon Harker), vow to go to London disguised as a gentlemen, and using the pseudonym John Beverley, mix in high society and uncover the real thief.
Barney wows the wealthy elite, and to win a thousand guineas, triumphs in a boxing match under then moniker ĎAmateur Gentlemaní. His only clue as to the real perpetrators identity is an IOU note left at his fatherís inn, after bankrupting and eliminating one of the suspects, Lord Ronald Meredith ( Hugh Williams), suspicion falls on the shifty Louis Chichester (Basil Sydney) and his calculating female companion Pauline Darville (Coral Browne).
With only hours before his fatherís hanging, Barney and Natty spring him from gaol before returning to London. When Barney is unmasked by Chichester, he kidnaps the Marquess and returns to his fatherís inn to denounce the real criminal.
Thornton Freeland: Director
Edward Carrick: Art Direction
G√ľnther Krampf: Cinematography
BJ Simmons: Costume Design
Conrad von Molo: Film Editing
Richard Addinsell: Original Music
Marcel Hellman: Producer
Douglas Fairbanks Jr: Producer
Edward Knoblock: Script
Clemence Dane: Script
Sergei Nolbandov: Script
Douglas Fairbanks Jr: John Beverley aka Barnabas Barty
Elissa Landi: Lady Cleone Meredith
Basil Sydney: Louis Chichester
Hugh Williams: Lord Ronald Meredith
Irene Browne: Lady Huntstanton
Athole Stewart: Marquess of Comberhurst
Coral Browne: Pauline Darville
Margaret Lockwood: Georgina Huntstanton
Esme Percy: John Townsend
Gilbert Davis: Prince Regent
Frank Pettingell: John Barty