MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 27,407 this week

The Juggler (1953)

Passed  -  Drama | War  -  5 May 1953 (USA)
6.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 331 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 5 critic

Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war. After attacking a policeman, Hans becomes a ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 90 titles
created 22 Sep 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 07 Sep 2013
 
a list of 33 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 37 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 239 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Juggler" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Juggler (1953)

The Juggler (1953) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Juggler.
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A Jewish pawnbroker, victim of Nazi persecution, loses all faith in his fellow man until he realizes too late the tragedy of his actions.

Director: Sidney Lumet
Stars: Rod Steiger, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Brock Peters
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the Mohave Desert, Olga runs a gas station, lunch counter, and auto camp with her younger sister Myra. In a 24-hour period, Olga must deal with Myra's desire to go to a town dance with a... See full summary »

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Aline MacMahon, Ann Dvorak, Preston Foster
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An obsessed cop tracks an elusive serial killer who strangles his victims on rainy nights.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: William Lundigan, Dorothy Patrick, Jeff Corey
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Keefe Brasselle, Marilyn Erskine, Aline MacMahon
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In this gritty film noir, cynical ex-RAF flyer Morgan, bored with civilian life, joins a break-in gang led by Narcy. On his first job, the getaway car crashes after killing a policeman. ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones
Exit Smiling (1926)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A maid who works for a traveling theatrical troupe wants desperately to be an actress, and manages to get some small roles in the company's productions, but is determined to do anything she... See full summary »

Director: Sam Taylor
Stars: Beatrice Lillie, Jack Pickford, Doris Lloyd
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Directors: Irving Reis, Nicholas Ray
Stars: Farley Granger, Joan Evans, Charles Bickford
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When a hot young prosecutor learns that a man he got convicted and executed was in fact innocent, he quits his DA job and becomes a defense attorney. He grows rich and powerful defending ... See full summary »

Directors: James Flood, Elliott Nugent
Stars: Warren William, Sidney Fox, Aline MacMahon
Red Light (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Nick Cherney, in prison for embezzling from Torno Freight Co., sees a chance to get back at Johnny Torno through his young priest brother Jess. He pays fellow prisoner Rocky, who gets out a... See full summary »

Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: George Raft, Virginia Mayo, Gene Lockhart
Racing Lady (1937)
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In a film advertised and sold as a Damon Runyon story, but actually combined elements from his "All Scarlet" and another story written by J. Robert Bren and Norman Houston called "Odds Are ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox
Stars: Ann Dvorak, Smith Ballew, Harry Carey
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Blind detective Duncan Maclaine relies on his working senses to piece together an assortment of clues to solve a case of murder.

Director: Richard Whorf
Stars: Edward Arnold, Frances Rafferty, Ray Collins
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Cynical freighter captain Mike Dillon hopes to take the money and run after helping to smuggle Jewish refugees ashore in pre-Israel Palestine. But against his will, he's drawn into the ... See full summary »

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Dana Andrews, Märta Torén, Stephen McNally
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Hans Muller
Milly Vitale ...
Ya'El
...
Detective Karni
Joseph Walsh ...
Yehoshua Bresler (as Joey Walsh)
Alf Kjellin ...
Daniel
...
Susy
...
Rosenberg
...
Emile Halevy
Richard Benedict ...
Police Officer Kogan
Oskar Karlweis ...
Willy Schmidt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Moody ...
Mukhtar (scenes deleted)
Edit

Storyline

Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war. After attacking a policeman, Hans becomes a fugitive, traveling through Israel with a teenage boy. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Malabarista  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Demons Return
28 May 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Juggler is the story of a concentration camp survivor in 1949 trying to make a place for himself in the new state of Israel. As the hopes and dreams of so many Jews over many generations are realized, a country where they're not the guests or the barely tolerated minority, Kirk Douglas as Hans Muller can't leave the memory of what he's survived behind in Europe.

Back in the day Douglas was a music hall entertainer, a juggler by trade, and from what I could see Douglas mastered the art himself to make his performance quite believable. As an actor I have never seen anyone better than Kirk Douglas to go from 0 to 120 in emotions in a matter of seconds. Kirk needed that ability to play the psychologically tattered Hans Muller.

A lot of folks who survived questioned the very nature of nature's God to have allowed such a thing to happen. Even more so they questioned the randomness of those who did survive. Douglas lost his wife and children there.

When he wanders away from the settlement camp in Haifa and is questioned by an Israeli policeman, the demons from Europe return and Douglas strikes at the cop. Thinking he's killed him Kirk goes on the run and he teams up with another camp survivor, an orphan played by Joey Walsh.

Their wanderings and eventually settling down in a kibbutz is most of the film. The Juggler was the first American production to be shot in Israel and we see Douglas and Walsh in the real Haifa, the real Nazareth and in the countryside of Israel which had seen its own war for survival at birth the year before.

The Juggler however does stick to the story and it doesn't just become an Israel travelogue. And it's a nice story about a good man who's seen the worst of what his fellow human beings can do just trying to find a place in a promising, but strange new world.


11 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Worst Music Score ever ged5292
Kirk's Best Performance. montrossboc-1
Hollywood Ten ged5292
Joey Walsh, not Johnny Crawford, is Yehoshua Bresler brennerst1
Discuss The Juggler (1953) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?