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The Cast:

Maurice Schwartz



Mark Schweid


Aaron Melnick

Sam Gertler


Sam, Moses' nephew

Zvee Scooler



Rebecca Weintraub



Mae Schoenfeld

Rubin Goldberg


Moses' father

Leon Seidenberg



Michal Gibson


Moishe Gross

Wolf Goldfaden



Abe Sincoff



Ben-Zion Katz


Schmiel Yossel

Jacob Mestel



Michael Rosenberg



Sally Schorr



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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