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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 !

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Drama | History | War

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The Israeli chief of police in charge of the vicinity where the shooting took place told the director Dmytryk that there was some complaints about the fact that the movie production was too hard for Israeli crews. Dmytryk told in his biography that he took this as a compliment. 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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Decent
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Juggler, The (1953)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Kirk Douglas plays a Holocaust survivor who is still suffering mental illness after ten years in a concentration camp where he also learned that his wife and children were killed by being put in an oven. After the war Douglas goes to Israel to try and start his life over but his mental condition nearly leads to him killing a cop but he heads off and finds new friends in a closed off community but his past is still looking for him. Edward Dymtryk directed this film, which has its heart in the right place but there are a few major flaws that really kills the film. Needless to say, Douglas gives a very strong and heartbreaking performance and I've heard this is one of his favorites. There's a scene towards the start of the film where he sees a woman with two children and thinks that they are his even though he knows they're really dead. The breakdown Douglas shows in this scene is among the best of his career. There are countless dramatic moments like this one and here lies one of the problems. Douglas gives a strong enough of a performance where the director should have let the acting do the talking but instead of doing that he pumps up the music score. Every time something dramatic happens he pumps up the music score and this here killed most of the drama for me. The film also wants to make the viewer cry every few minutes and this doesn't work either.


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