The Rabbi And The Shikse

  • 1976
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

A Jewish comedy featuring Burstyn in a triple role. He plays the elderly grandfather who proposes to give his fortune to the first grandson who moves to Israel and marries a Jewish girl. The grandsons (also played by Burstyn) are opposites in temperament and personality. The timid one goes to school in Yeshiva and hopes that the local Rabbi will arrange...read more

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A Jewish comedy featuring Burstyn in a triple role. He plays the elderly grandfather who proposes to give his fortune to the first grandson who moves to Israel and marries a Jewish girl. The grandsons (also played by Burstyn) are opposites in temperament and personality. The timid one goes

to school in Yeshiva and hopes that the local Rabbi will arrange a decent match for him. The other brother is a non-religious musician involved in a romance with Rice-Davies, a singer who is not Jewish, but he plans to win the fortune anyhow. Aside from the ethnic idiosyncrasies, the material is

no different from standard screwball comedies and relies on the usual mistaken identity gags for laughs. Perhaps the most interesting thing about the film is the appearance of featured shikse Rice-Davies, who attained fame as a participant in the John Profumo/Christine Keeler spy scandal in

Britain in 1963. Profumo, then Britain's Minister of War, resigned after it became known that he had been intimate with Keeler, to whom he had been introduced by society osteopath-cum-procurer Stephen Ward during a nude swimming-pool party. Keeler had also been intimate with Evgeny "Honeybear"

Ivanov, a Soviet embassy official and known spy who had asked Keeler to pump Profumo about nuclear warhead deliveries to West Germany. Rice-Davies, an attractive blonde associate of Ward, had shared an apartment with brunette Keeler. Her good looks gained her good press; she sought a film career

and realized it in Israel.

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  • Released: 1976
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: A Jewish comedy featuring Burstyn in a triple role. He plays the elderly grandfather who proposes to give his fortune to the first grandson who moves to Israel and marries a Jewish girl. The grandsons (also played by Burstyn) are opposites in temperament a… (more)

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