The Light Ahead (1939)

 |  Drama  |  22 September 1939 (USA)
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In a small town in Russia in the 1880s, two young but poor lovers are helped by a wise old bookseller.

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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 ...
Wolf Mercur ...
Getzel [alt. Getsl] (the thief)
Jenny Cashier ...
Dobe (the hunchback [alt. Dube])
Judel Dubinsky ...
Isaak (the stutterer)
Leon Seidenberg ...
Morris Shorr ...
Leon Shachter ...
Wolf Goldfaden ...
Israel Mandel ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben Adler ...
(as Benny Adler)
Helena Benda


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

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22 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Di klyatshe  »

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Film debut of David Opatoshu. See more »


Featured in A History of Israeli Cinema (2009) See more »

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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.

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