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The Juggler (1953)

Passed | | Drama, History, War | 5 May 1953 (USA)
In 1949, former concentration camp inmate and Berlin native Hans Muller, immigrates to Israel where, due to psychological problems, he can't adjust to peacetime life.

Director:

Edward Dmytryk

Writers:

Michael Blankfort (novel), Michael Blankfort (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kirk Douglas ... Hans Muller
Milly Vitale ... Ya'El
Paul Stewart ... Detective Karni
Joseph Walsh ... Yehoshua Bresler (as Joey Walsh)
Alf Kjellin ... Daniel
Beverly Washburn ... Susy
Charles Lane ... Rosenberg
John Banner ... Emile Halevy
Richard Benedict ... Police Officer Kogan
Oskar Karlweis ... Willy Schmidt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Moody ... Mukhtar (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Hans Muller is a Jewish refugee from Germany. Relocating to Israel after World War II, he can not overcome the psychological effects of the war. After attacking a policeman, Hans becomes a fugitive, traveling through Israel with a teenage boy. Written by Jeanne Armintrout <jeannee@uwyo.edu>

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The story of a man of passions !

Genres:

Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El malabarista See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was made in Israel and Europe as Kirk Douglas's agent had advised him to film outside of the States for two years, so he could avoid paying taxes. See more »

Quotes

Registration Official at Haifa: Name?
Hans Muller: [softly] Hans Muller
Registration Official at Haifa: You have to speak louder
Hans Muller: HANS MULLER's my name
Registration Official at Haifa: A little softer please. Place of birth?
Hans Muller: Germany... Munich... Beautiful city
Registration Official at Haifa: Occupation before the war?
Hans Muller: You wouldn't believe me
Registration Official at Haifa: I'll believe anything
Hans Muller: I was a juggler.
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Featured in Kirk Douglas: Before I Forget (2009) See more »

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A hidden treasure
10 March 2004 | by myschrecSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie in years, although I remember seeing it when it was first available in the 50's when I was a child and later in the 90's when it was on TV. I recall that Douglas' acting was not as convincing as it could have been, but then the character was deeply disturbed by the War and resettlement in Israel. I recall that scenes of Israel were very convincing. I have relatives in Israel and some of them visited us in the 50's, so I learned a lot about life in Israel. Finally, I recall a wonderful child actor in this movie who does more than anyone else to draw us into the drama. Fifty years later, this film now takes on even more importance as an historical document. I hope it is released on DVD soon.


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