Categorised as a British World War II propaganda film this less known example is a superb work of morale-boosting films from mid World War 2. Well written and directed the film has a simple... See full summary »
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The Guv'nor finds George Arliss not playing in one of his heroic biographical films for which his reputation has come down to the present day. Instead he's playing a gentleman tramp over in Paris who happens to have the famous name of Francois Rothschild. Ironic because one of Arliss's most famous biographical roles was that of Nathan Rothschild in House Of Rothschild.
Poor Arliss, all he wants to do is go south for the winter. But he becomes part of a scheme by banker Frank Cellier to fleece Viola Keats and her mother Henrietta Watson out of their iron ore works because of his name. But Arliss proves way too smart for all of them.
I'm really glad I discovered this film on TCM today. It was an absolutely charming portrayal by Arliss, very much in the same vein as Maurice Chevalier in Ma' Pomme and Cary Grant in Father Goose. Let's just say that Arliss plays his famous name for all that it's worth and he proves more than a match for those who want to use him.
Do not miss this one if it is broadcast again.
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