Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their ... See full summary »
Jacobowsky, a Jewish refugee, flees from the Nazis with an aristocratic, anti-semitic Polish officer trying to get papers to England. Jurgens learns to appreciate Kaye, despite their competition for the same woman, and together they outwit their pursuers. Written by
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The play "Jacobowsky und der Oberst" by Franz Werfel opened in Basel, Switzerland in the early 1940s. The American version "Jacobowsky and the Colonel" opened at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York on 14 March 1944 and closed in 10 March 1945 after 417 performances. The opening night cast included Annabella, Louis Calhern as the Colonel, Oskar Karlweis as S.L. Jacobowsky, Harold Vermilyea as a Gestapo Official and J. Edward Bromberg as Szabuniewicz. See more »
Although the story takes place in 1940, all of Nicole Maurey's hairstyles and costumes are strictly in the 1958 mode. See more »
I must say, Danny Kaye delivers a very skilful and thoughtful performance as Jacobowsky, and Curt Jurgens is hilarious in his over-the-top display of pompous honor as the military Colonel. In the dangerous and harrowing era of the war it's surprising that any degree of humor could be found in stark situations, but this story does so, and does it well. At times it's downright funny, other times it's delightfully witty, turning life's awkward moments into amusing vignettes. Yet shining throughout is the quality of Kaye's sympathetic character who draws on the inherited wisdom of his people to help him meet one difficulty after another. An excellent story indeed. Thank goodness human nature can still find humor even in life's most dire moments.
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