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The Wandering Jew is a 1933 British fantasy drama film produced by the Gaumont-Twickenham Film Studios. It is the story 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 Wandering Jew
Directed byMaurice Elvey
Produced byJulius Hagen
Written byH. Fowler Mear
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

Other cast members included a very young 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 JewsEdit

Unlike the antisemitic propaganda film produced by the Nazis in 1940, this film portrayed Jews in a favorable light as the victims of unjustified persecution throughout history, in the Spanish Inquisition, for example. The Nazi propaganda film, by contrast, was intended as violently anti-Semitic.[1]


  1. ^ Friedlander, Saul (2008). 'The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews 1939-1945.

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