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Release Date:
5 May 1953 (USA) See more »
The story of a man of passions !
In 1949, former concentration camp inmate and Berlin native Hans Muller, immigrates to Israel where, due to psychological problems, he can't adjust to peacetime life. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Kirk Douglas ... Hans Muller

Milly Vitale ... Ya'El

Paul Stewart ... Detective Karni
Joseph Walsh ... Yehoshua Bresler (as Joey Walsh)
Alf Kjellin ... Daniel

Beverly Washburn ... Susy

Charles Lane ... Rosenberg

John Banner ... Emile Halevy

Richard Benedict ... Police Officer Kogan

Oskar Karlweis ... Willy Schmidt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ralph Moody ... Mukhtar (scenes deleted)
Marlene Aames ... Hannah (uncredited)

Victor Adamson ... Refugee (uncredited)
Jay Adler ... Papa Sander - Susy's Father (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Bus Driver (uncredited)
Hannelore Axman ... Telephone Girl (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Audience Member (uncredited)
John Bleifer ... Mordecai (uncredited)
Robert Boon ... Samuel (uncredited)
Donna Jo Boyce ... Daughter (uncredited)
Gabriel Curtiz ... Doctor in Hospital (uncredited)
Al Eben ... Policeman (uncredited)

Gregory Gaye ... Harry (uncredited)

Greta Granstedt ... Carah (uncredited)
Eloise Hardt ... (uncredited)
Carol Heath ... Daughter (uncredited)
Teddy Infuhr ... School Boy (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Police Official (uncredited)

Dave Kashner ... (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... (uncredited)
Jack Mannick ... Tower Man (uncredited)
Michael Mark ... Old Man Showing Photo of His Son (uncredited)

John Maxwell ... Registration Official at Haifa (uncredited)
Shepard Menken ... Dr. Traube (uncredited)
Esther Michelson ... Woman on Bus (uncredited)

Mort Mills ... Policeman (uncredited)
Leo Mostovoy ... Old Man in Barracks 9 (uncredited)
Kasia Orzazewski ... Grandma (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Refugee Arriving at Haifa by Bus (uncredited)
Paul Stathes ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Lia Thomas ... Shirah (uncredited)
Carlo Tricoli ... Old Man in Barracks 9 (uncredited)
Greta Ullmann ... (uncredited)

Ernö Verebes ... Official (uncredited)

Kaaren Verne ... Woman Mistaken for Hans' Wife (uncredited)
Harlan Warde ... Police Official (uncredited)

Blackie Whiteford ... Refugee (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
Writing credits
Michael Blankfort (novel)

Michael Blankfort (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Blankfort .... associate producer
Stanley Kramer .... producer
Original Music by
George Antheil 
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt  (as Roy Hunt)
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad 
Aaron Stell 
Production Design by
Rudolph Sternad 
Art Direction by
Robert Peterson 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
Production Management
Clem Beauchamp .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director
Irving J. Moore .... assistant director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ferdinand Carerre .... sketch artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Irving Lippman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Other crew
David Anderman .... technical advisor
Richard Benedict .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #16277) | West Germany:12 (f)

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The film is based on author Michael Blankfort's novel with the same title. Initially, producer Stanley Kramer wanted author Michael Blankfort to direct the film but Blankfort was refused a passport for travel to Israel by the United States State Department because Blankfort had been a Communist many years earlier.Kramer reassigned the film to director Edward Dmytryk who served almost a year in prison in 1948 after being convicted of contempt of Congress for refusing to divulge his political affiliations.After his release from prison, Dmytryk moved to England but returned to the U.S. and gave testimony before the House Committee on Un-American Activities and, as a result, was removed from the film industry "blacklist".See more »
Registration Official at Haifa:Name?
Hans Muller:[softly] Hans Muller
Registration Official at Haifa:You have to speak louder
Hans Muller:HANS MULLER's my name
Registration Official at Haifa:A little softer please. Place of birth?
Hans Muller:Germany... Munich... Beautiful city
Registration Official at Haifa:Occupation before the war?
Hans Muller:You wouldn't believe me
Registration Official at Haifa:I'll believe anything
Hans Muller:I was a juggler.
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Demons Return, 28 May 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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.

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