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 »
Caught this gem on late night TV a few years ago.Even though the story is set during World War II and Danny Kaye's character is trying to escape to safety, it has so many poignantly funny moments that one remembers and has a chuckle about it. My favourite: "in the cathedral of my heart a candle will be lit".This is by the Colonel to one of his many paramours. Eventually Danny Kaye cannot help himself and wonders how big is the Colonel's heart to accommodate all this candles? Next is the oft repeated line : "less and less I like this Jacoboski".Last but not least is the third character in the story, the faithful sergeant played by Akim Tamiroff. This film has drama,pathos,laughs and tears all within a story of escape,pride and sadly war.Highly sought after if released on DVD. Millie
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