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The Cast:
Maurice Schwartz ... Moses
Mark Schweid ... Aaron Melnick
Sam Gertler ... Sam, Moses' nephew
Zvee Scooler ... Charlie
Rebecca Weintraub ... Gnendel
Mae Schoenfeld Rubin Goldberg ... Moses' father
Leon Seidenberg ... Mannes
Michal Gibson ... Moishe Gross
Wolf Goldfaden ... Nachman
Abe Sincoff ... Zalmen
Ben-Zion Katz ... Schmiel Yossel
Jacob Mestel ... Berel
Michael Rosenberg ...  
Sally Schorr ... Rosie
Shirley Zelany ... Zierele (Tsirl) Melnick

1932, 88 minutes, B & W
Directed by Sidney Goldin and Aubrey Scotto
Writers: Maurice Schwartz (screenplay);
Based on a play written by Sholem Asch.

When poverty and persecution compel his Polish landsmen to leave their shtetl, "Uncle" Moses, the crude and lusty former butcher, welcomes them to the promised land of his Lower East Side clothing factory. A master in the harsh new American system, with its fourteen-hour workday, Moses attempts to reconstruct the lost harmony of the shtetl community in the paternalistic order of his sweatshop. He uses his wealth to show off and leaves the daily operations to his nephew Sam.

When Masha Melnick pleads him for her father's job, Moses, taken with the girl, rehires him. Masha also happens to be the sweetheart of Charlie, a labor activist who is trying to organize a union in Moses' factory. Moses begins to court Masha who agrees to marry him in order to improve her family's desperate financial position. She bears his child but confesses she feels wretched because she did not listen to her heart and marry Charlie who incites the workers to strike. The first Yiddish talkie engaged directly in the progressive currents of the day, political and aesthetic.

-- The National Center for Jewish Film


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