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Where Is My Child? (1937)

Celia Adler, doyenne of the Yiddish stage, gives a haunting performance as a new immigrant forced to give up her son. Obsessed with the thought of reuniting with him, she spends the next 25 years searching, pining, and bewailing her loss.

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Credited cast:
Celia Adler ...
Esther Liebman
Morris Strassberg ...
Dr. F. Reisner
Morris Silberkasten ...
Morris Gross
Anna Lillian ...
Alice Gross
Mischa Stutchkof ...
Dr. Victor Gross, nee Josef Lieberman
Ceril Arnon ...
Julia Reisner
Ruben Wendorf ...
Elick (the postman)
Blanche Bernstein ...
Malka (housekeeper)
Leo Schechtman ...
Victor, as a boy
Solomon Steinberg ...
Anderson (orphanage superintendent)
Esther Gerber ...
Margaret (Anderson's office nurse)
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Anne G. Sterling ...
Orphan (as Chana Sterling)
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Celia Adler, doyenne of the Yiddish stage, gives a haunting performance as the film's heroine who arrives in New York in 1911 at the height of mass Jewish immigration newly widowed, friendless, impoverished and the mother of a newborn baby boy. Fearing that she cannot care for the child, she places him in an orphanage. She quickly regrets her decision, but it is too late as she finds herself tricked into the decision. Obsessed with the thought of reunion with him, she spends the next twenty-five years searching, pining, and bewailing her loss. The film is filled with the conventions of the popular Yiddish stage: the melodramatic plot centering on the rupture and restoration of family ties; the comic subplot; the songs; the stereotyped characters; the happy coincidences and happier endings. Above all, it was the theme of the pains and joys of the mother-son relationship, always idealized in the Jewish folk mind, which could be counted on to strike a responsive chord. All this was bound... Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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23 November 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vu iz mayn Kind?  »

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1.37 : 1
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