The film addresses the theme of anti-Semitism. The film was part of an increased trend depicting mistreatment of Jews in British films during the 1930s, tied to the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Nazi Germany, but is unusual in its depiction of prejudice in Britain as most other films were set in a non-British, historical context.
While a houseguest at an upper-class gathering, wealthy Jew Ferdinand de Levis is robbed of £1,000 with evidence pointing towards the guilt of another guest, Captain Dancy. Instead of supporting De Levis, the host attempts to hush the matter up and when this fails, he sides with Dancy and subtly tries to destroy de Levis' reputation. When Dancy is later exposed, and commits suicide, de Levis is blamed for his demise.
Basil Rathbone - Ferdinand de Levis
Heather Thatcher - Margaret Orme
Miles Mander - Captain Ronald Dancy, DSO
Joan Wyndham - Mabel, Mrs. Borring
Philip Strange - Major Colford
Alan Napier - General Canynge
Cecily Byrne - Lady Adela
Athole Stewart - Lord St. Erth
Patric Curwen - Sir Fredric Blair
Marcus Barron - The Lord Chief Justice
Ben Field - Gilman
Griffith Humphreys - Inspector Jones
Robert Coote - Robert
Aubrey Dexter - Kentman
Laurence Hanray - Jacob Twisden
Stafford Hilliard - Treisure
Anthony Holles - Ricardos
Mike Johnson - Jenkins
Arnold Lucy - Googie
Don MacKay - Mike Sawchuck
Robert Mawdesley - Edward Graviter
Maxine Sandra - Ricardo's Daughter
Patrick Waddington - Augustus Borring
Algernon West - Charles Winsor
Film rights were purchased by Herbert Wilcox for ₤9,000. He developed a screenplay for an extra £2,000. Galsworthy had contractual rights of approval over the project. Wilcox sold the project to William Fox for £20,000.
The film was the first to be made by Associated Talking Pictures (which later became Ealing Studios), after the breakdown of their arrangement with RKO Pictures. Carol Reed and Thorold Dickinson both worked on the film's production as assistant directors. Edward Carrick designed the film's sets.