Alias a Gentleman

Alias a Gentleman is a 1948 romantic comedy film directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Wallace Beery. The supporting cast includes Dorothy Patrick, Tom Drake, Gladys George and Sheldon Leonard.

Alias a Gentleman
Directed byHarry Beaumont
Written byWilliam Lipman
StarringWallace Beery
Tom Drake
Dorothy Patrick
Music byDavid Snell
CinematographyRay June
Edited byBen Lewis
Distributed byLoew's Inc.[1]
Release date
  • February 3, 1948 (1948-02-03)
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,366,000[2]


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.



The film earned $1,013,000 in the US and Canada and $353,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $262,000.[2]


  1. Alias a Gentleman at the American Film Institute Catalog
  2. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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