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Disraeli (1929)




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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.


George Arliss
as Benjamin Disraeli
Joan Bennett
as Lady Clarissa Pevensey
Florence Arliss
as Lady Mary Beaconsfield
David Torrence
as Lord Probert
Anthony Bushell
as Charles/Lord Deeford
Ivan Simpson
as Hugh Meyers
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Agatha Travers
Gwendolen Logan
as Duchess of Glastonbury
Gwendolyn Logan
as Duchess of Glastonbury
Jack Deery
as Bascot
Michael Visaroff
as Count Bosrinov
Norman Cannon
as Foljambe
Henry Carvill
as Duke of Glastonbury
Henry J. Carvill
as Duke of Glastonbury
Shayle Gardner
as Dr. Williams
Powell York
as Flookes
Margaret Mann
as Queen Victoria
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Critic Reviews for Disraeli

All Critics (6)

In what is perhaps his greatest part, Mr. Arliss is, of course, above criticism. He is the whole picture. He wins admiration at every moment; each gesture, each expression, each word is marvellously smooth; above all his poise is so sure, and confident.

February 10, 2021 | Full Review…

Recreating a role that he had played on stage and in a silent film, Arliss brings class and elegance to this early talkie about the British politician in one of Warner's first biopics.

March 15, 2009 | Rating: B | Full Review…

George Arliss vehicle is pretty stagey, but worth seeing for his title performance.

January 10, 2008 | Rating: 4/5

good in its day; too stagy and hammy for today's audiences and tastes

December 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/5

It's a delightful film that brings back nostalgia for the good old days of 1874.

August 16, 2007 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Weighed down by a terribly outdated acting style and leaden direction, but George Arliss's Oscar-winning performance makes it watchable.

February 15, 2004 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Disraeli


Considering it was made the first year sound was prevalent the film isn't too stodgy but it is slow moving. Arliss is an actor of the grand manner which takes a little getting use to but he gives a good performance overall. Joan Bennett is sweetly appealing in her early blonde phase. She didn't really make a great impression for several years beyond this when she switched to being a brunette and a noir staple.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Slightly entertaining dated film about former British Prime Minister Disraeli as he deals with bounced cheques and international intrigue..all about the Suez and simple matters like that.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Very stagy, theatrical. Bored me. This is an early talky, so the movie industry was still struggling with adding sound and dialog to the picture. They let go of some of their good techniques from the silent era and tripped all over themselves rediscovering how to make movies.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

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