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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Wednesday, October 26, 2005


Sam Jaffe

SAM JAFFE (1891-1984), born Shalom Jaffe, one of the great character actors, in film since 1934, who gained a new audience in 1961 on the Ben Casey television series.

Gunga Din (1931) publicity still

Haven't you seen Gunga Din (1931)? This was one of the great films of Hollywood's greatest year. Jaffe is outstanding in the title role, holding his own amidst a fantastic cast.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951) Jaffe is the Einstein-like scientist, Professor Barnhardt, in this science fiction classic. I believe he actually understands the equations, he's so convincing.
Lost Horizon (1937) Jaffe is the High Lama of Shangri-La.
The Asphalt Jungle (1950) Jaffe is the criminal mastermind in this classic crime film.
Ben-Hur (1959) Jaffe is Simonedes, the faithful steward of the House of Hur.

Contributed by: "Eric Jamborsky" Date: Fri, Oct 21 2005 / 3:00:00 PST

Autographed publicity still provided by: Eric Jamborsky
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Eric Jamborsky
With Warm Regards
Sam Jaffe

Academy Awards®
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1950 Nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: THE ASPHALT JUNGLE