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The Jester (1937)

Der Purimshpiler (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Romance | 5 December 1937 (USA)
Getsel, a wandering Purim player, comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem, the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love ... See full summary »

Writers:

Joseph Green (story) (as Joseph Victor), Itzik Manger (dialogue) (as I. Manger)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Miriam Kressyn Miriam Kressyn ... Ester
Zygmunt Turkow ... Gecel / Getsel
Hy Jacobson Hy Jacobson ... Dick (as Hymie Jacobson)
Ajzyk Samberg Ajzyk Samberg ... Reb Nachum / Nukhem Gerz
Max Bozyk Max Bozyk ... Reb Zurekh (as Maks Bozyk)
Berta Litwina Berta Litwina ... Cype / Tsippe
Eni Liton Eni Liton ... Lea
Jacob Reinglass Jacob Reinglass ... Learning shoemaker (as Jakub Rajnglas)
Maks Brin Maks Brin ... Szames
Samuel Landau Samuel Landau ... Mekhele Zaidman
Jakob Fischer Jakob Fischer ... Feiwel / Fyvel - the matchmaker (as Jakub Fiszer)
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Getsel, a wandering Purim player, comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem, the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love with a wandering circus player. However, Getzel is content in his work and dreams. Esther's father inherits a fortune and attempts to marry her to a man of his choice, but she flees with Getzel to Warsaw, where he meets and marries the circus player. Getzel returns to the village and is blamed for Esther's disappearance until she shows up and explains what happened. Getzel shoulders his pack and wanders on to another village. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

Poland | USA

Language:

Yiddish

Release Date:

5 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jester See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland

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Production Co:

Green-Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Referenced in Der ewige Jude (1940) See more »

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Jewish village life in Polish Galica.
25 June 2006 | by horn-5See all my reviews

"Der Purimspieler", the original Polish title (aka "The Jester" only in the US as a translated review title), tells the melancholy story, with touches of humor, of Getsel (Zygmunt Turkow), a wandering Purim player who comes to a Galica village and gets a job with Reb Nuchem (Ajzyk Samberg), the shoemaker. He falls in love with Esther (Miriam Kressyn), the shoemaker's daughter, but knows she is in love with a wandering circus player (played by Hymie Jacobson.) However, Getzel is content in his work and dreams. Esther's father inherits a fortune and attempts to marry her to a man of his choice, but she flees with Getzel to Warsaw, where he meets and marries the circus player.

Getzel returns the village and is blamed for Esther's disappearance until she shows up and explains what happened. Getzel shoulders his pack and wanders on to another village.

Shown at NYC's Cameo Theatre in December, 1937 with Yiddish dialogue and English sub-titles.


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