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Welcome to the Movies!

 


"Der Purimshpiler (The Jester)" opened with the above ad in the Yiddish Forward (Forverts) newspaper on December 5, 1937. It reads in part:
The first Yiddish movie operetta with a Hollywood scope! An image that perpetuates the beautiful Jewish types and traditions!
25 cents, until 1 p.m. on Wednesday.
Joseph Green presents Miriam Kressyn, Hymie Jacobson, Zygmunt Turkow and a cast of 1,500 people in "Der Purimspiler"
at the Cameo Theatre on 42nd Street and Broadway.

 

       
  The Cast:    
Jennie
Goldstein
... Betty Glickstein
Mae Schoenfeld Sylvia
Dell
... Sally Glickstein, R.N.
Muni
Serebroff
... Dr. Max Feinberg
Mae Schoenfeld Harvey
Kier
... Dr. Jack Glickstein
Michael
Rosenberg
... Chaym Itsche, the chicken-flicker
Jacob
Wexler
... Uncle Leibish Glickstein
Mae Schoenfeld Bettie
Bialis
... Betty, as a child
  Bettie
Jacobs
... The Widow Dubrish
Mae Schoenfeld Joan
Carroll
... Sally, as a child
Abraham
Teitelbaum
... Gershon Glickstein, father
Celia
Boodkin
... Rachel Glickstein, mother
  Rebecca
Weintraub
... Margaret (Anderson's office nurse)
Yudl
Dubinsky
... Kalman Klapper, the marriage broker
Mae Schoenfeld Ida
Adler
   
Mae Schoenfeld Anetta
Hoffman
   
Anna
Levine
   



 

DER PURIMSPILER
(THE JESTER)
Director: Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski.
Dialogue and Song Lyrics by Itzik Manger
Music by Nicholas Brodsky.
Filmed outside of Warsaw and in Kazimierz.
Released in U.S. on December 5, 1937.
 90 minutes
black & white


"Set in a Galician shtetl before World War I, this musical comedy is rich with itinerant performers and star-crossed lovers. Negotiating the romantic rapids are a lonely jester, a circus performer, and Esther, the shoemaker's daughter, whose poor father tries to marry her into a prominent family. the intrigue climaxes with a Pruim shpil (Purim play), and its parade of costumes, buffoonery, and music.

Directors Joseph Green (Yiddle with His Fiddle, Mamele, A Letter to Mother) and Jan Nowina-Przybylski filmed on location on a farm near Warsaw and in Kazimierz.

The film's wonderful circus and vaudeville set pieces and music offer a taste of Warsaw's then-thriving Yiddish revues and cabarets, which were obliterated during the Holocaust.

New film restoration includes  new English subtitles and the preservation of rare, original blue & sepia-toned segments." -- The National Center for Jewish Film

 


     


 


Here is a short video clip from "The Jester."
 

 

 




Cast listings courtesy of www.imdb.com.
 

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