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The Wandering Jew (1933)

Conrad Veidt stars as the Jew who urges Roman authorities to crucify Jesus and release Barabbas. As a punishment, he is condemned by God to wander the Earth for many centuries, enduring ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Conrad Veidt ... Matathias
Marie Ney Marie Ney ... Judith
Basil Gill ... Pontius Pilate [cut from US version]
Cicely Oates ... Rachel [cut from US version]
Anne Grey ... Joanne de Beaudricourt
Dennis Hoey ... Lord de Beaudricourt
Bertram Wallis ... Prince Bohemund of Tarentum
Hector Abbas Hector Abbas ... Isaachar - the Miser
Kenji Takase Kenji Takase ... Phirous (as Takase)
Jack Livesey ... Godfrey - Duke of Normandy
Joan Maude Joan Maude ... Gianella
John Stuart ... Pietro Morelli
Arnold Lucy ... Andrea Michelotti
Peggy Ashcroft ... Olalla Quintana
Francis L. Sullivan ... Archbishop Juan de Texada


Conrad Veidt stars as the Jew who urges Roman authorities to crucify Jesus and release Barabbas. As a punishment, he is condemned by God to wander the Earth for many centuries, enduring innumerable trials and tribulations on several continents.

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The Man Who Could Not Die


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Release Date:

26 March 1937 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ahasver See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Visatone

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


First English-speaking role for Conrad Veidt. See more »


The establishing shots of Palermo, Sicily, show it as being on a lake rather than on the coast. See more »


Remake of The Wandering Jew (1912) See more »

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I give this rating for one reason alone
7 January 2018 | by lucad_99See all my reviews

I don't know if it's just the age of the film, but the quality of the dvd I was terrible. The costumes throughout are good, but the direction is also pretty bad. The narrator is awful. The rest of the actors are really pretty dreadful, except Peggy Ashcroft. The script is dull at times, and rushed at others. It often feels like there is no point to it. The baddies are very bad and cliched, and none of the characters have much motivation to do what they do. (although I definitely disagree with another reviewer that this is a pro-Christian film since the Christians are quite nasty.. but I digress.) So overall, this film is really not well made, but it was the beginning of the sound era, so many of the problems come from this. There is one amazing reason to see this absolutely dreadful film, however. One shining gem in all the dullness. That is the performances of Conrad Veidt. He has many surprising and charming "bits" in this film, (like when he looks at the invisible audience and asks them to keep quiet) and even though he is playing the same man, he seems to be different throughout the ages. Because everything else is so bad, he shines all the more, past the bad sound quality and past the bad film quality. In the last scene he was so fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, I forgot that I was watching this bad quality film and wept for him. So if you have patience and are a fan of really stellar acting, watch it. Conrad Veidt gives the film a ten.

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