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The Jester (1937)
"Der Purimshpiler" (original title)

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Getsel, a wandering Purim player, comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem, the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Kressyn ...
Ester
Zygmunt Turkow ...
Gecel / Getsel
Hy Jacobson ...
Dick (as Hymie Jacobson)
Ajzyk Samberg ...
Reb Nachum / Nukhem Gerz
Max Bozyk ...
Reb Zurekh (as Maks Bozyk)
Berta Litwina ...
Cype / Tsippe
Eni Liton ...
Lea
Jakob Rajnglas ...
Learning shoemaker (as Jakub Rajnglas)
Maks Brin ...
Szames
Samuel Landau ...
Mekhele Zaidman
Jakob Fischer ...
Feiwel / Fyvel - the matchmaker (as Jakub Fiszer)
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Getsel, a wandering Purim player, comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem, the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love with a wandering circus player. However, Getzel is content in his work and dreams. Esther's father inherits a fortune and attempts to marry her to a man of his choice, but she flees with Getzel to Warsaw, where he meets and marries the circus player. Getzel returns to the village and is blamed for Esther's disappearance until she shows up and explains what happened. Getzel shoulders his pack and wanders on to another village. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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5 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Jewish village life in Polish Galica.

"Der Purimspieler", the original Polish title (aka "The Jester" only in the US as a translated review title), tells the melancholy story, with touches of humor, of Getsel (Zygmunt Turkow), a wandering Purim player who comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem (Ajzyk Samberg), the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther (Miriam Kressyn), the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love with a wandering circus player (played by Hymie Jacobson.) However, Getzel is content in his work and dreams. Esther's father inherits a fortune and attempts to marry her to a man of his choice, but she flees with Getzel to Warsaw, where he meets and marries the circus player.

Getzel returns the village and is blamed for Esther's disappearance until she shows up and explains what happened. Getzel shoulders his pack and wanders on to another village.

Shown at NYC's Cameo Theatre in December, 1937 with Yiddish dialogue and English sub-titles.


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