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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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Cast

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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21 December 1939 (USA)  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Independently financed and shot on a farm on Long Island. 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 (1962) See more »

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I played the part of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof but this movie surpasses the 1971 musical.
7 November 2001 | by (Northern AZ) – See all my reviews

I had the pleasure of performing as Tevye in a Flagstaff AZ production of Fiddler on the Roof in 1999. I have to say after watching Tevye the Milkman (1939) I was astounded at the story and portrayal of Tevye in this movie. It was not only outstanding but moved me to tears. I was amazed at the events that took place. Some being similar to the musical version but the 1939 version was much more emotional and moving. If you think Fiddler on the Roof (Topal) was great, then you must see this movie. Strip away the music and tell the tale as it was written and you have one of the most outstanding straight plays I have ever seen. A true portrayal of the suffering of the Russian Jews. A big "Thumbs Up".


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