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Singing Blacksmith

Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer & Ben-Zvi Baratoff

USA | 105 minutes | 1938

Yiddish with English subtitles

Moishe Oysher, the renowned cantor and star of Yiddish radio, stars in Edgar G. Ulmer’s musical version of David Pinski’s play Yankl der Shmid. Singing, dancing, and flashing his eyes, Oysher gives his most robust performance as a passionate shtetl blacksmith who must struggle against temptation in order to become a mensch. Recently rediscovered footage makes this the most complete extant version of Ulmer’s lively folk operetta, replete with an example of Yiddish swing.
Director Edgar G. Ulmer & Ben-Zvi Baratoff
Countries of Production USA
Year of Presentation 1938
Language(s) Yiddish with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 105 minutes
Principal Cast Moyshe Oysher, Miriam Riselle, Florence Weiss
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