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The Cast:
Molly Picon ... Mollie
Jacob Kalich ... Jacob Talmudist, aka Ben Ali
Sidney M. Goldin ... Morris Brownstein, aka Brown
Mae Schoenfeld Laura Glucksman ... Grandmother Brownstein
Eugene Neufeld ... Alfred Freed
Johannes Roth ...  
Ida Astori ... Simon P. Schwalbenrock
Sigi Hofer ...  
Mae Schoenfeld Saul Nathan ...  
Eugene Prei ...  
Nelly Spodek ...  

1923, 85 minutes, B & W, silent
Directed by Sidney Goldin and Ivan Abrahamson
Music Produced and Developed by Henry Sapoznik
Arranged and Performed by Peter Sokolow
Filmed in Bronx, New York
Film originally released in Austria on August 17, 1923.
Sound version first released in the United States
on May 10, 1932, as "Good Luck."

East and West features  classic scenes of Molly Picon lifting weights and boxing, teaching young villagers to shimmy and stealing away from services to gorge herself before sundown on Yom Kippur. Underlying these hijinks is veteran filmmaker Sidney Goldin's affectionate appreciation of differences, for good-natured comedy shapes his portrayal of worldly Jews encountering traditional shtetl (small town) life. Morris Brown, a New Yorker better acquainted with his checkbook than his prayerbook, returns to Galicia for a family wedding. The bride, daughter of his traditionally observant brother, and Morris' Mollie, whose exuberant antics fill the film, could not be more different. But Mollie unexpectedly meets her match, an engaging young yeshiva scholar who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart.
-- The National Center for Jewish Film


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