Based on a play by Jacob Gordin, God, Man and Devil centers on a wager between God and Satan that has dire consequences. Beware, the film cautions, when money sounds sweeter than music.


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Cast overview:
Michal Michalesko ...
Gustav Berger ...
Uriol Mozik (Satan)
Berta Gersten ...
Pese Dubrovner, his wife
Shifra Lerer ...
Freda, his older niece
Esta Salzman ...
Tzipe, his younger niece
Max Bozyk ...
Lazar Dubrovner, his father
Leon Shachter ...
Choskel, a neighbor
Lucy Gehrman ...
Dobe, his wife
Joshua Zeldis ...
Mot'l, their son


A wager between God and Satan has dire consequences in this allegory based on the play by Jacob Gordin about the material world's false promises. Beware when money sounds sweeter than music, it cautions; those who win lotteries stand to lose all, including their spiritual treasures, families, communities and religion. Poor, pious Torah scribe Hershele Dubrovner has a life that glorifies God until Satan, disguised as a business partner, turns him into a greedy, dishonest factory owner whose success desecrates both his religion and his community. Betrayal and abandonment replace serenity and familiarity; the instruments of good fortune become instruments of death. Not even music, previously Hershele's joy, can heal these rifts. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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21 January 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Got, Mentsh, un Tayvl  »

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1.37 : 1
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