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Tevya (1939)

Approved  |   |  Drama  |  21 December 1939 (USA)
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The original, non-musical film version of the book which inspired "Fiddler on the Roof".

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Complete credited cast:
Maurice Schwartz ...
Miriam Riselle ...
Rebecca Weintraub ...
Paula Lubelski ...
Leon Liebgold ...
Fedya 'Fedye' Galagen
Vicki Marcus ...
Shloimele
Betty Marcus ...
Perele
Julius Adler ...
Aleksei, the Priest
Daniel Makarenko ...
Mikita Galagen, Fedya's Father
Helen Grossman ...
Mrs. Galagen, Mikita's Wife
Morris Strassberg ...
Starosta
Al Harris ...
Zazuli 'Zuzuya'
Louis Weisberg ...
Shtarsina
Boas Young ...
Uradnick, the Officer
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Tevye is a dairyman in the Russian Ukraine early in the 20th century. He lives in a cabin outside Boyberik with his wife Goldie, his widowed daughter Tseytl, her two children, and his younger daughter, the unmarried Khave. Khave is being courted by Fedya, a Christian, the son of a local government official. Tevye warns Khave against romance and marriage outside her faith, but Fedya is persuasive too. What will Khave decide, how will Tevye react, and when the Tsar initiates a pogrom, will Tevye's friends come to his defense? Can the stubborn Tevye reconcile his heart and tradition? "On the other hand..." Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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$70,000 (estimated)
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This film was selected to the National Film Registry, Library of Congress, in 1991. See more »

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From shot to shot the priest's cross changes position. It's an orthodox cross with a slanted second cross piece. It flips position randomly. See more »

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Version of Tevye and His Seven Daughters (1968) See more »

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Beautifully produced and acted drama.
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Superbly acted and presented drama that beautifully illuminates its source material. Shot on a potato farm on Long Island for $70,000, producer/director/star Maurice Schwartz's lovingly handcrafted production puts contemporary Hollywood product (not to mention 1971's bloated "Fiddler on the Roof") to shame. Definitely not for Yiddish-language aficionados only; this is historical entertainment at its best.


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