Satz (1891-1944) was an actor in Yiddish theatre and film,
best known for his comic roles. A 1925 New York Times
article singles him out as the greatest Yiddish comic
actor of the time.
He was born in Lviv, Ukraine
(then Lemberg, part of the Austrian Empire) and died in
New York City. Satz played the male lead in the 1931 film
His Wife's Lover (Zayn Vaybs Lubovnik), which was billed
as the 'first musical comedy' talking picture.'"
In 1926 in a New York
Times article that he authored, Satz spoke of the Yiddish
audience who "knows exactly what it goes to the theatre to
buy. It is as intense about the play and its performance
as the playwright and the actor....it knows the life that
its theatre portrays....if you make the mistake of giving
them something that they don't identify....God
forgive you....But if you are what they want and if you do
fit their prejudices and their understanding, no people in
the world reward you with such enthusiasm. You may become
anything from a hero to a savior..."
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