Cinema: Blazing Bagels

THE FRISCO KID

Directed by Robert Aldrich

Screenplay by Michael Elias and Frank Shaw

The idea is marvelous: send a gentle, pious and very stupid young Polish rabbi to the U.S. in 1850 to take over a congregation in wicked San Francisco. Shlepping his way overland from Philadelphia, he will be tricked by con men, be friended by a lonesome bank robber, roasted by the desert sun, frozen by mountain storms, captured by Indians, and from sea to shining sea, he will cause wise men to marvel at his unparalleled and in exhaustible nitwittedness. With...

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