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The Amateur Gentleman

The Amateur Gentleman(1936)

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This was the first of three films made by Douglas Fairbanks' Criterion film company. Fairbanks states in his autobiography that Criterion was originally set up under a distribution deal with United Artists for four films, of which he was to star in two. United Artists was to have approval over story outlines, principal players and directors. According to publicity materials, the sets included a 13,500 square foot recreation of the Carlton House Ballroom of Regency England, as well as Covent Garden of 1810, all under the guidance of James Laver of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Contemporary reviews indicate that this was Australian actress Coral Brown's first film. According to modern sources, the film was released in Great Britain in October 1935 by United Artists. The Jeffery Farnol novel was filmed twice before, an English version in 1920, starring Langhorne Burton and Madge Stuart, and directed by Maurice Elvey, and in 1926 by Inspiration Picture, starring Richard Barthelmess and Dorothy Dunbar, and directed by Sidney Olcott (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.0109.)