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Lloyds of London (1936)

Blake is in love with an aristocratic woman whose husband seriously injures him. Blake's friendship with Lord Nelson provides the basis for Blake's part in the growth of Lloyd's insurance ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry King

Writers:

Ernest Pascal (screen play), Walter Ferris (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Freddie Bartholomew ... Jonathan Blake - as a Boy
Madeleine Carroll ... Lady Elizabeth
Guy Standing ... John Julius Angerstein (as Sir Guy Standing)
Tyrone Power ... Jonathan Blake
C. Aubrey Smith ... Old 'Q'
Virginia Field ... Polly
Douglas Scott ... Horatio Nelson
George Sanders ... Lord Everett Stacy
J.M. Kerrigan ... Brook Watson
Una O'Connor ... Widow Blake
Forrester Harvey ... Percival Potts
Gavin Muir ... Sir Gavin Gore
E.E. Clive ... Magistrate
Miles Mander ... Jukes
Montagu Love ... Hawkins
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Storyline

Blake is in love with an aristocratic woman whose husband seriously injures him. Blake's friendship with Lord Nelson provides the basis for Blake's part in the growth of Lloyd's insurance business following the Battle of Trafalgar. Only very slightly based on history. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

29 January 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lloyds de Londres See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$850,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Loretta Young was originally suppose to star as Lady Elizabeth but she declined the role; Fox ended up putting her on suspension for her refusal. See more »

Goofs

When Angerstein explains to young Blake the importance of British commerce, he conjures up English ships sailing to "...Hong Kong, Cape Town, Bombay...," he does this in the year 1770. Hong Kong was not an important port for British trade until it became a British colony in 1842, more than seventy years later. See more »

Crazy Credits

We acknowledge with appreciation the assistance of the official historian of Lloyds of London in the preparation of the historical background for this production. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Bay Boy (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Il était une bergère (There Was a Shepherdess)
(uncredited)
Traditional French children's song
In the score for scenes in France
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Not exactly the best history lesson, but a nifty movie
4 December 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While I read that this movie was a very, very fictionalized account of the early days of Lloyd's of London, it still was a nifty 1930s-style adventure film. This is not exactly a wonderful endorsement, I know, but the film was far from perfect. Now if you are a Brit or a real Anglophile, then you will probably like the film more than the average person--with all its "Huzzah and God save the King" style of hooplah. I am not 100% sure why Hollywood embraced Britain so strongly in the 1930s (WWII would explain this for 1940s and 50s films).

A very young Tyrone Power played the lead and much of the film concerned the British shipping industry during the time of the Napoleonic Wars. It was mildly interesting but that's about all. His love interest was the married Madeleine Carroll, though for the life of me, I didn't understand why he didn't pursue the prettier and available (and very amply endowed) Virginia Field--she seemed just as nice and almost identical to Ms. Carroll in looks and devotion to Tyrone--especially since his unrequited relationship that lasted years to Ms. Carroll just made him seem awfully desperate and pathetic.

In the end, this is yet another costumer from the era--neither great nor bad. The acting was decent and the production values good. It's worth a look, but certainly not great or deserving special attention by anyone.


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