The Israel Film Service Collection

The Magic Door, Episode 11 : Hertzel The Coach

8 Minutes, 1975
TV Series
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Directed by: Pinchas Elazari
Cast: Gideon Zinger, Mordechai Ben-Zeev, Gidi Gov
Production:Shmuel Altman
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Yachin Hirsh
Original Music: Nurit Hirsh
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An episode of the classic childrens television show The Magic Door (Delet Haksamim), and aimed to educate children about road traffic safety. The plot centers around siblings Hagari and Yoav as they learn about road safety through various characters they encounter. Among the characters are the magician Yehoyakim Kook (played by Gideon Singer), the owner of the local pharmacy Dr. Guttman (Mordechai Ben Zeev), and his schlemiel assistant Hertzel (Gidi Gov). On the eleventh episode, Hertzel collects a package of medicines for Mr. Guttman, but as usual is delayed on the way back, and coaches Yoav and his friends in football in the local park. Hertzel loses himself in the game and loses Guttman’s expensive medicine package, and consequently fears he will be fired. Hertzel and Yoav arrive at Mr. Kook’s shop to watch the Enchanted Eye and find out how Hertzel’s package disappeared, and reveal that a guy named Eli stole the package. Eli suddenly finds himself in Mr. Kook’s shop, where he is reprimanded for crossing a busy road not at a crosswalk and through a thicket of plants. Eli apologizes for both the theft and the traffic violation he committed.

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