Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (1955)
"Giv'a 24 Eina Ona" (original title)

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This was the first movie produced in Israel. It deals with the outbreak of hostilities during the war for independence in 1947. The message of this film was the sadness and stupidity of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Finnegan
Miriam Miszrahi
Michael Shillo ...
Capt. Yehuda Berger
Michael Wager ...
Allan Goodman
Zalman Lebiush ...
The Rabbi
Margalit Oved ...
Esther Hadassi
Haim Eynav ...
Ya'acov, young soldier
Arik Lavie ...
David Airam (as Arie Lavi)
Azaria Rapaport ...
German Mercenary (Former Nazi)
Eric Greene ...
Agent Browning
David Hershkovitz ...
Street Vendor
Stanley Preston ...
Chief British Agent Lawson
Mati Raz ...
Levin, the interpreter
Shraga Friedman ...
Travel Agent
Ruth Rappaport ...
Hospital Nurse


This was the first movie produced in Israel. It deals with the outbreak of hostilities during the war for independence in 1947. The message of this film was the sadness and stupidity of people killing each other and how "it's always the old who lead us to war and only the young who die..." (Phil Ochs) Written by Dan Sternberg <alisaeve@htg-is.vianet.net>

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The passionate love story of a fighting Irishman and an Israeli lass.


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2 November 1955 (USA)  »

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Hill 24 Doesn't Answer  »

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There are not many films made about Israel birth. I won't add many things to what have already said the other users, except no one of them have talked about George Sherman's SWORD IN THE DESERT, starring Jeff Chandler, back in the 50's. I have it in my library and have not seen it since a while now, so I won't compare the two features. Say which is better than the other. I just say that this one, the Israeli, looks like a British or European film; it is directed by Thorold Dickinson, a director from UK. Another British could have made it: Lewis Gilbert, Guy Green, Ronald Neame...It looks like a UK film because of the story, filming, characterization, music score. Yes I think of a British feature.

But it is a really good movie, with interesting characters. The US industry would have made a quite different film. I can't explain more.

But, again, there are no many films about Palestine in the late 40's, and the war of independence. Only this one, SWORD IN THE DESERT, CAST A GIANT SHADOW and of course EXODUS !!!

A real gem.

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