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Gentleman's Fate(1931)

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According to his Variety obituary, this film was Louis Wolheim's last. He died on February 18, 1931 of cancer. Censorship records in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library indicate that the Hays Office, after reading the script of Gentleman's Fate, warned M-G-M that the Code would not allow the showing of police as the "friends or protectors, rather than the enemies, of organized rum-running gangsters." The Hays Office also noted that the script "presents too attractively the activities of gangland" and suggested the elimination of the police entirely from the story. Following the release of the film, M-G-M responded to Hays Office accusations that the script called for too much drinking, by stating that "the drinking shown in the picture is most certainly for proper characterization-to say nothing of being an essential part of the plot." Gentleman's Fate was rejected by censors in India "on the grounds that it contains numerous scenes of excessive lawlessness and violence." The Variety review notes that John Gilbert, whose career suffered greatly due to his first few talkies, "comes through very nicely. He talks in a strong tone and plenty." The reviewer went on to say that the film "was little good otherwise," even though it did prove "that Gilbert is allright on the audible screen if the story is right."