Not only are the basic elements of Hobson`s work preserved, but in some cases they retain a larger dimension and greater plausibility. This applies to adaptation, staging and performances. Thus, the first meeting between Phil Green and Kathy is more understandable on the screen than on the printed page. Similarly, the couple`s other scenes, especially the initial love scene, dramatize their irresistible reciprocal physical attraction that overcomes their violent philosophical differences. The bestseller Gentleman`s Agreement was published in Cosmopolitan (Nov 1946-February 1947) before being published as a book. In an interview with Cosmopolitan in July 1947, author Laura Z. Hobson said, “What have I tried to do with this book? I think a woman who wrote to me put it in two wonderful sentences. She says: “The bad guys aren`t really scary. It`s the millions of nice people who do and let them do horrible things. I think that`s the problem with what I was trying to say. Hobson noted that Darryl Zanuck, Fox`s production manager, who made the film his only personal production in 1947, told him that if the film failed in the box office of the cinema, “Hollywood would go back twenty years to be honest with the problem of prejudice.” The film was the first time the famous playwright Moss Hart wrote directly for the screen. Director Elia Kazan writes in his autobiography that Jewish leaders from other major film studios held a meeting at which they pushed Hart to convince Zanuck not to make the film because they did not want to stir up anti-Semitism.
In a March 1947 New York Times article, “some objections [against the film] came from Jews who thought the image could increase intolerance rather than reduce it, but much Jewish opinion agreed with the project, according to Zanuck. In a November 1947 New York Times column, critic Bosley Crowther said that a “famous Hollywood producer” was trying to convince hard that the film should not be made, a situation that is reflected in the film itself when a Jewish industrialist who quotes Crowther says, “You can`t write it from existence. The less we talk about it, the better. Leave him alone! According to The final recordings of Twentieth Century-Fox, scenes have been shot in various locations in New York, including Rockefeller Plaza and NBC Building, as well as in Darien, CT.