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The Wandering Jew (1933 film)

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The Wandering Jew
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byJulius Hagen
Written byH. Fowler Mear
from the play by Temple Thurston[1]
StarringConrad Veidt
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographySydney Blythe
Edited byJack Harris
Julius Hagen Productions
Distributed byGaumont British Distributors (1933) (UK)
Release date
  • 1933 (1933)
Running time
111 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Wandering Jew is a 1933 British fantasy drama film produced for the Gaumont-Twickenham Film Studios and directed by Maurice Elvey. It recounts the tale of a Jew (played by Conrad Veidt) who is forced to wander the Earth for centuries because he rebuffed Jesus while he was carrying his cross. The other cast members included Peggy Ashcroft, Francis L. Sullivan, and Felix Aylmer.


The plot follows the eponymous character's epic journey. He is finally burnt at the stake by the Spanish Inquisition. As he burns, he is forgiven by God and finally allowed to die. The story bears a resemblance to the legend of the Flying Dutchman.


Portrayal of Jews

Unlike the Nazis' 1940 antisemitic propaganda film, this film portrayed Jews in a favourable light as the victims of unjustified persecution throughout history, in the Spanish Inquisition, for example. The version made under the Third Reich, by contrast, was intended to be virulently antisemitic.[2]


  1. ^ "The Wandering Jew". Variety. 31 December 1933. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  2. ^ Friedländer, Saul (2008). 'The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945.[page needed]

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