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Welcome to the Movies!


  The Cast:    
Al Murray ... Master-of-Ceremonies
Sylvia Feder ... Singer-Dancer
Miriam Feder ... Singer-Dancer
Henrietta Jacobson ... Comedienne
Julius Adler ... Comedian
Jan Bart ... Singer
Mae Schoenfeld Mary LaRoche ... Singer
Mae Schoenfeld Cookie Bowers ... Comic Impressionist
Irving Grossman ... Comic-Singer
Diana Goldberg ... Comic
Abraham Lax ... Comic-Singer
Mae Schoenfeld David Page ... Classical Singer
 Mae Schoenfeld Dorothy Page ... Classical Singer
Mae Schoenfeld Bobby Colt ... Pop Singer
Max Bozyk ... Comic
Bas Sheva ... Cantress
  Reizl Bozyk ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Mike Hammer ...  
Michal Michalesko ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Gita Stein ...  



Director: Josef Berne
Music: Hymie Jacobson and Alexander Olshanetsky
Filmed at the Young's Gap Hotel, Parksville, New York.
First released in the U.S. on January 27, 1950.
black & white
93 minutes


After World War II when vacationing facilities changed from farm houses and bungalow villages to boarding houses and large hotels, Catskill vacationers who were fleeing the long hot summer of New York City started demanding more recreational activities. To answer this need and to stimulate business, the resort owners were obliged to move into the entertainment business.

A Jewish resort hotel celebrates a pair of longtime customers' fiftieth wedding anniversary by staging an old-fashioned Borscht Belt show replete with singers, dancers, comedians, and impressionists.

Filmed on location at Young's Gap Hotel in Parksville, New York the film includes glimpses of the golf course, tennis matches, calisthenics classes and sunbathers.

True to the Catskill entertainment routines of that time, the cast includes an attractive young male star to enthrall the young ladies and a beautiful female star to beguile the male audience.

Released in 1949, one year after the founding of the state of Israel the climax of the film occurs with the last sketch.

The final act "Songs of Israel" hails the new state with fervor and joy. The film is a period piece providing an interesting glimpse of the legendary Catskills and Borscht Belt.

-- The National Center for Jewish Film






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