The First Gentleman

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The First Gentleman
"The First gentleman" (1948).jpg
UK theatrical poster
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti
Produced by Joseph Friedman
Written by Reginald Long
Nicholas Phipps
play by Norman Ginsbury
Starring Jean-Pierre Aumont
Joan Hopkins
Cecil Parker
Music by Lennox Berkeley
Cinematography Jack Hildyard
Edited by Margery Saunders
Columbia British Productions
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
March 15, 1948 (UK)
February 17, 1949 (USA)
Running time
111 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The First Gentleman is a 1948 British historical drama film directed by Alberto Cavalcanti and starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Joan Hopkins and Cecil Parker.[1] It portrays the relationships and marriage of George, Prince Regent and his tense dealings with other members of his family such as his only child Princess Charlotte and his younger brother Frederick, Duke of York. It was also released as Affairs of a Rogue.The film is based on a play, "The First Gentleman" by Norman Ginsbury, which was staged in London in 1945, starring Robert Morley as the Prince Regent and Wendy Hiller as Princess Charlotte.[2]


The film traces the reign of the Prince Regent following the Napoleonic wars, and the Prince's attempts to marry off his unruly daughter Charlotte to a number of acceptable nobles, but to no avail because she falls for Leopold, a poverty-stricken German prince. Charlotte's marriage to Leopold is a happy one until the birth of their child.


Critical reception[edit]

  • TV Guide called it "a poorly mounted costume drama with a complicated script that moves at a snail's pace."[3]
  • Allmovie wrote, "swamped in period costumes and decor, Affairs of a Rogue is consistently good to look at, even when the plotline begins to drag."[4]


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  2. ^ "The First Gentleman | Jane Austen's World". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  3. ^ "The Affairs Of A Rogue Review". Retrieved 2014-03-12. 
  4. ^ "The First Gentleman (1948) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 2014-03-12.