GenreComedy, Romance Running time1h 16m ScreenplayWilliam R. Lipman LanguageEnglish
Release date1948 (1948) WriterWilliam R. Lipman, Peter Ruric (story) CastWallace Beery (Jim Breedin), Tom Drake (Johnny Lorgen), Dorothy Patrick (Elaine Carter), Gladys George (Madge Parkson), Leon Ames (Matt Enley), Warner Anderson (Capt. Charlie Lopen) Similar moviesHarry Beaumont directed Alias a Gentleman and Maisie Goes to Reno
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Alias a gentleman original trailer
Alias a Gentleman is a 1948 film starring Wallace Beery. The supporting cast includes Dorothy Patrick, Tom Drake, Gladys George and Sheldon Leonard and the movie was the final one to be directed by Harry Beaumont.
Jim Breedin has been in prison for 15 years but his daughter Nora doesn't know it. He has had no contact with her since she was a child. On an honor farm where he is foreman, Jim meets new convict Johnny Lorgen, who mouths off until Jim sets him straight. They become friendly and talk about their futures.
About to get out, Jim is offered $250,000 for his Oklahoma farm by an oil company. Nora, who had been living on the farm, is not there, Jim unaware that she has died. He accepts the money and begins living a life of luxury. A mob boss, Matt Enley, tries to persuade Jim to come work for him, without success. A diabolical plot is hatched, Enley's attractive moll Elaine Carter pretending to be Jim's long-lost daughter.
Johnny's jail sentence is up. Jim wants him to go straight, but working for Enley appeals to Johnny more. He also develops a crush on Elaine, whose guilty conscience makes her confess the ruse she's been pulling. Enley comes after Jim, who prevails, then invites Elaine to become his adopted daughter.
Wallace Beery as Jim Breedin
Tom Drake as Johnny Lorgen
Dorothy Patrick as Elaine Carter
Gladys George as Madge Parkson
Leon Ames as Matt Enley
Warner Anderson as Capt. Charlie Lopen
John Qualen as No End
Sheldon Leonard as Harry Bealer
DaLonne (Dee) David as Hat Check Girl
The film earned $1,013,000 in the US and Canada and $353,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $262,000.