The First Gentleman

The First Gentleman is a 1948 British historical drama film directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, and starring Jean-Pierre Aumont, Joan Hopkins, and Cecil Parker.[1] It portrays the relationships and marriage of George, Prince Regent and his tense dealings with other members of his family such as his only child Princess Charlotte and his younger brother Frederick, Duke of York. It was also released as Affairs of a Rogue.The film is based on a play, The First Gentleman by Norman Ginsbury, which was staged in London in 1945, starring Robert Morley as the Prince Regent and Wendy Hiller as Princess Charlotte.[2]

The First Gentleman
UK theatrical poster
Directed byAlberto Cavalcanti
Produced byJoseph Friedman
Written byReginald Long
Nicholas Phipps
play by Norman Ginsbury
StarringJean-Pierre Aumont
Joan Hopkins
Cecil Parker
Music byLennox Berkeley
CinematographyJack Hildyard
Edited byMargery Saunders
Columbia British Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
15 March 1948 (UK)
17 February 1949 (USA)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film traces the reign of the Prince Regent following the Napoleonic wars, and the Prince's attempts to marry off his unruly daughter Charlotte to a number of acceptable nobles, but to no avail because she falls for Leopold, a poverty-stricken German prince. Charlotte's marriage to Leopold is a happy one until the birth of their child.


Critical reception

  • TV Guide called it "a poorly mounted costume drama with a complicated script that moves at a snail's pace"[3]
  • Allmovie wrote, "Swamped in period costumes and decor, Affairs of a Rogue is consistently good to look at, even when the plotline begins to drag."[4]


  2. "The First Gentleman | Jane Austen's World". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  3. ."The Affairs Of A Rogue Review". Retrieved 12 March 2014.
  4. "The First Gentleman (1948) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast". AllMovie. Retrieved 12 March 2014.
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