Loyalties (1933 film)

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Directed by Basil Dean
Produced by Basil Dean
Written by John Galsworthy (play)
W.P. Lipscomb
Starring Basil Rathbone
Heather Thatcher
Miles Mander
Cinematography Robert Martin
Edited by Thorold Dickinson
Distributed by Associated British (UK)
Harold Auten (US)
Release dates 3 July 1933
Running time 74 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Loyalties is a 1933 British drama film directed by Basil Dean and starring Basil Rathbone, Heather Thatcher and Miles Mander.[1] It is based on the John Galsworthy play Loyalties.

The film addresses the theme of anti-Semitism. The film was part of an increased trend depicting mistreatment of Jews in British films during the 1930s, tied to the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, but is unusual in its depiction of prejudice in Britain as most other films were set in a non-British, historical context.[2]


While a houseguest at an upper-class gathering, wealthy Jew Ferdinand de Levis is robbed of £1,000 with evidence pointing towards the guilt of another guest, Captain Dancy. Instead of supporting De Levis, the host attempts to hush the matter up and when this fails, he sides with Dancy and subtly tries to destroy de Levis' reputation. When Dancy is later exposed, and commits suicide, de Levis is blamed for his demise.


The film was the first to be made by Associated Talking Pictures, known later as Ealing Studios, after the breakdown of their arrangement with RKO Pictures.[3] Carol Reed and Thorold Dickinson both worked on the film's production as assistant directors. Edward Carrick designed the film's sets.



  1. ^ "Loyalties". British Film Institute. 
  2. ^ Robertson p. 93-94
  3. ^ Low p.154


  • Low, Rachel. History of British Film: Volume VII, 1929-1939. Routledge, 1997
  • Robertson, James C. The British Board of Film Censors: film censorship in Britain, 1896-1950. Croom Helm, 1985.

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