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Jolly Paupers (1937)

Freylikhe kabtsonim (original title)
| Comedy, Musical | 1938 (USA)
In this musical comedy, the comic duo Dzigan and Shumacher play two small town "entrepreneurs" who believe they have struck oil in a local field. Thus begins a comedy of errors, including ... See full summary »

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(story and screenplay), (literary direction) (as J.M. Neuman)
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Credited cast:
Shimen Dzigan ...
Kopl, the tailor (as Szymon Dzigan)
Ysrael Szumacher ...
Naftali - the watch mechanic (as Izrael Szumacher)
Jenna Lovic ...
Gitele - Naftali's daughter
Menasha Oppenheim ...
Actor (as Menasze Oppenheim)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Appel
Max Bozyk ...
(as Maks Bozyk)
Maks Brin
Fela Garbarz
Szmulik Goldsztejn ...
(as Sz. Goldstein)
Hersz Hart ...
(as H. Hart)
Leon Kaswiner
F. Lavik
Chana Lewin
Symche Natan
Ruth Turkow
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In this musical comedy, the comic duo Dzigan and Shumacher play two small town "entrepreneurs" who believe they have struck oil in a local field. Thus begins a comedy of errors, including millionaire investors, American schemers, and insane asylums, with a little matchmaking on the side. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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Comedy | Musical

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Freylekhe kabtsonim  »

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Polish thirties knockabout
15 July 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Quite lively Jewish Cinema piece directed by an actor from Joseph Green's Der PUMSPILER and featuring the comic Dzigan and Shumacher team.

Out in the fields, a character spills a can of coal oil and the duo walking spot it and conclude they have found an oil field and will get rich. Merry japes ensue taking the action into a shop they smash up, a paddle boat, the police ambulance and onto the stage where the young romantic leads are performing.

In the mean time an American, financed by a local capitalist has surveyed the area and knows there is no oil, turning all against them.

The comic duo are passable as is the depiction of village life, with a few attempts at film form, like the split screen of the wife and the supposed oil field. An attempt at pacing things up with jerky edits works less well and passages of solid dialogue drag. A jazzy thirties score is the major asset.


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