Disraeli (1929): Biopic Starring George Arliss in Oscar-Winning Performance

In one of the studio's earliest biopics, Arliss plays the Jewish politician who converted to Christianity and went on to become one of Queen Victoria's closest counselors and confidants.   One of the best sequences in the tale, adapted by Julian Josephson from Louis Napoleon Parker's stage play, centers on Disraeli's efforts to buy the strategic Suez Canal.