MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 53,788 this week

The Light Ahead (1939)

 -  Drama  -  22 September 1939 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 51 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

In a small town in Russia in the 1880s, two young but poor lovers are helped by a wise old bookseller.

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available now. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

list image
a list of 946 titles
created 30 Dec 2011
 
list image
a list of 9998 titles
created 10 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Light Ahead" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Light Ahead (1939)

The Light Ahead (1939) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Light Ahead.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A group of men calling themselves 'The Pirates of Capri", headed by Captain Sirroco, who is really Count Amalfi, are trying to restore freedom to the people of Naples in 1799. The Queen is ... See full summary »

Directors: Edgar G. Ulmer, Giuseppe Maria Scotese
Stars: Louis Hayward, Binnie Barnes, Mariella Lotti
Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A police detective helps a singer heading to prison for the murder of a man she claims is still alive.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Paul Langton, Barbara Payton, Robert Shayne
Minstrel Man (1944)
Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The story of a singer in a minstrel show, from his career highs to the tragedies in his personal life.

Directors: Joseph H. Lewis, Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Benny Fields, Gladys George, Alan Dinehart
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Julie Bronson (Jean Parker), whose father, "Pop" Bronson (Emmett Lynn) operates a desert café, is attracting the unwanted attention of a half-crazed gangster known as The Ghost (Ricardo ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Jean Parker, Emmett Lynn
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Edmund Dantes (Martin Kosleck), The Count of Monte Cristo, rides again in 1832, this time accompanied by (or stood in for) his countess wife, Haydee (Lenore Aubert. He is out for vengeance ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: John Loder, Lenore Aubert, Charles Dingle
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A small town girl finds escape from her cruel home life in the arms of a handsome stranger. Soon she finds herself working as a prostitute in New Orleans, desperately clinging to the belief that he really loves her.

Directors: Walter Lang, Dorothy Davenport
Stars: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller
Nine to Nine (1935)
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Ruth Roland, Roland Drew, Doris Covert
The Cavern (1964)
War | Drama | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Adventure drama during WW2 in Italy where a mixed group of people get trapped inside a cave after a bomb raid. But can they co-operate? And will they survive?

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: John Saxon, Rosanna Schiaffino, Larry Hagman
Mr. Broadway (1933)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

Ed Sullivan shows night spots all over New York in this movie, joking and listening to stories the patrons tell.

Directors: Johnnie Walker, Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Ed Sullivan, Jack Dempsey, Ruth Etting
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  
Directors: Marc Allégret, Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Massimo Serato, Alba Arnova
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A psychiatrist and nurse overthrow the abusive heads of a girls' reform school in order to teach the "unfortunate" young women that they have a chance at healthy lives.

Directors: Bernard Vorhaus, Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Paul Henreid, Catherine McLeod, Grace Coppin
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Opatoshu ...
Fishke (the lame)
Helen Beverly ...
Hodel (the blind)
Isidore Cashier ...
Mendele Moicher Sforim
Rosetta Bialis ...
Drabke [alt. Dropke]
Anna Guskin ...
Gitel
Wolf Mercur ...
Getzel [alt. Getsl] (the thief)
Jenny Cashier ...
Dobe (the hunchback [alt. Dube])
Judel Dubinsky ...
Isaak (the stutterer)
Leon Seidenberg ...
Alter
Morris Shorr ...
Hershel
Leon Shachter ...
Frechman
Wolf Goldfaden ...
Wecker
Israel Mandel ...
Yisrolick
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Adler ...
(as Benny Adler)
Helena Benda
Edit

Storyline

Impoverished and disabled lovers Fishke nd Hodel dream of life in the big city of Odessa, free from the poverty and stifling old-world prejudices of the shtetl. Made on the eve of World War II, The Light Ahead is at once romantic, expressionist, and painfully conscious of the danger about to engulf European Jews. One of four Yiddish features directed by Edgar Ulmer. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

yiddish | jewish | See All (2) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

22 September 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Di klyatshe  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Film debut of David Opatoshu. See more »

Connections

Featured in Almonds and Raisins (1984) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Lame Leading the Blind
19 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Greatly enjoyed this Jewish produced film which contained a great deal of humor, sadness and romance. This film was produced in 1939 and most of these Yidish pictures were shown in Theatre's on the East Side of New York City. Fishke,(The Lame) young man was very poor and did everything he could to make a living and was made fun of by the local towns people. Fishke took a liking to a young girl named Hodel,(The Blind), who was completely blind and was also a sort of misfit and unable to find herself in the society. Local politics plays a great deal in this film and the upper class wants to build a hospital, however, the local middle class people want better water and sanitation facilities. It is a rather sad film, because it depicts 1939, the beginning of WW II when many Jewish people from various European countries will have to face the horrors of the Nazi tortures. Excellent film and a great Classic.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss The Light Ahead (1939) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?