The Israel Film Service Collection

The Magic Door, Episode 9: A Dangerous Medicine

10 Minutes, 1974
TV Series
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Directed by: Pinchas Elazari
Cast: Rivka Gur, Mordechai Ben-Zeev, Gideon Zinger, Gidi Gov
Production:Shmuel Altman
Production Company:Israeli Film Service
Photographer: Yachin Hirsh
Original Music: Nurit Hirsh, Hava Alberstein
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

An episode of the classic childrens television show The Magic Door (Delet Haksamim), produced by the Israeli Film Service in collaboration with the Ministry of Transportation, the Ministry of Education, and the National Council for the Prevention of Road Accidents, 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 Ze’ev), and his schlemiel assistant Hertzel (Gidi Gov). On the ninth episode, the pharmacist Guttman is startled that he made a fatal mistake and sold a child poison instead of medicine. Guttman runs to Kooks shop and the whole group gathers to locate the boy who visited Guttmans pharmacy. Yoav, Hagar, Hertzel and Guttman patrol the streets of the neighborhood in search of the boy, until he is found and brought with his mother to Mr. Kooks shop. Mr. Kook reproaches the boy for crossing a crosswalk at a red light, and it turns out that the poison is actually raspberry juice.

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