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Yiddle With His Fiddle

Directed by Joseph Green & Jan Nowina-Przybylski

Poland-USA | 92 minutes | 1937

Yiddish with English subtitles

Director Joseph Green returned to his native Poland from America to produce this film, the most commercially successful musical in the history of the Yiddish cinema, starring Molly Picon, consummate comedienne of Yiddish theater, vaudeville, and film. This is the classic folk comedy about a man and his daughter who, penniless, decide to become travelling musicians. The daughter disguises herself as a boy to relieve her father's anxiety about unforeseeable problems that could befall a young woman "out in the world." They then join together with another father-son duo for music, comedy and romance. Breaking away from the studio-bound cinematography of the early Yiddish talkies, Yiddle with His Fiddle was shot on location in the picturesque town of Kazimierz and nearby Warsaw. With shtetl inhabitants as extras, the film captures the vitality and invincible spirit of traditional small-town Jewish life.
Director Joseph Green & Jan Nowina-Przybylski
Countries of Production Poland-USA
Year of Presentation 1937
Language(s) Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 92 minutes
Principal Cast Molly Picon, Max Bozyk, Leon Liebgold
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