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Romance of a Jewess (1908)

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This early D.W. Griffith short shows the director's interest in Jewish ghetto life, portrayed here with sympathy and sentimentality. The melodramatic plot involves the conflict between generations in an immigrant Jewish family.

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D.W. Griffith

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D.W. Griffith
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Cast

Credited cast:
Florence Lawrence ... Ruth Simonson
George Gebhardt George Gebhardt ... Soloman Bimberg
Gladys Egan ... The Daughter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John R. Cumpson ... Customer
Guy Hedlund
Charles Inslee
Arthur V. Johnson ... In Bookstore / Matchmaker
Alfred Paget
Mack Sennett ... Customer / In Bookstore / Doctor
Harry Solter Harry Solter ... Customer / Rubinstein
Mabel Stoughton Mabel Stoughton ... Customer (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

Ruth Simonson, with her father, is seen kneeling at the bedside of her mother, whose sands of life are rapidly ebbing. Realizing her end near, Mrs. Simonson takes from her neck a chain and locket and places it around the neck of her daughter, Ruth, with the prayerful injunction that she be ever guided in the path of prudence and virtue by this memorial. Commending her to the care of her father, the old lady goes to meet her Master in the Great Beyond. Two years later we find Ruth assisting her old father in his pawnshop. Mr. Simonson, although a money-lender, is benevolent in nature and his many deeds of munificence have endeared him to all who know him. Hence, when the local schatchen appears with Jacob Rubenstein, a wealthy suitor for his daughter's hand, it was his desire for her future happiness that induced him to look with favor on him. Ruth, however, had given her heart to Sol Bimberg, an impecunious bookseller in the neighborhood. While Mr. Simonson has no aversion for Sol, ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Drama | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1908 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Роман еврейки See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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3 from Griffith
28 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Romance of a Jewess (1908)

** (out of 4)

A female working in a pawn shop oversteps her arranged marriage so that she can be with her true love who just happens to be an Indian. Slight melodrama from D.W. Griffith really doesn't have anything overly interesting going for it.

Song of the Shirt, The (1908)

** (out of 4)

More melodrama from D.W. Griffith, this time he covers the poor living in an urban area. Once again, nothing too special here, although Griffith does a nice job at showing off the living conditions of these poor people.

Money Mad (1908)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

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