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Uncle Moses (1932)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 12 December 1992 (USA)
Wealthy, powerful sweatshop owner falls in love with employee's teenage daughter, who feels obligated to marry him after he shares his wealth with her parents, though she actually loves a young Marxist unionizer.


Maurice Schwartz (screenplay), Sholom Asch (based on play by)


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Credited cast:
Maurice Schwartz ... Moses
Judith Abarbanel Judith Abarbanel ... Mascha Melnick
Mark Schweid Mark Schweid ... Aaron Melnick
Sam Gertler Sam Gertler ... Sam, Moses' Nephew
Zvee Scooler Zvee Scooler ... Charlie
Rebecca Weintraub Rebecca Weintraub ... Gnendel
Rubin Goldberg Rubin Goldberg ... Moses' Father
Leon Seidenberg Leon Seidenberg ... Mannes
Michael Gibson Michael Gibson ... Moishe Gross
Wolf Goldfaden Wolf Goldfaden ... Nachman
Abe Sinkoff Abe Sinkoff ... Zalmen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ben-Zion Katz Ben-Zion Katz ... Schmiel Yossel
Jacob Mestel Jacob Mestel ... Berel
Michael Rosenberg Michael Rosenberg
Sally Schorr Sally Schorr ... Rosie


"Uncle" Moses is a wealthy garment store owner in the Lower East Side. He lords his wealth and its attendant power over the neighborhood, dispensing noblesse oblige and conducting casual affairs with numerous women. When he falls in love with the beautiful young daughter of one of his employees, he discovers what it is like to be beholden to another person. He convinces her to marry him, but she does so out of financial and social obligation, and Moses' love remains distressingly unrequited. At the same time, the growing labor movement attacks him for his exploitative employment conditions, and Moses begins to doubt the truth of the American Dream he thought he had achieved. Written by Dan Gilman <dgilman@haverford.edu>

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12 December 1992 (USA) See more »

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Onkel Moses See more »

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Featured in Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (1998) See more »

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An Addition to the First Review
13 November 2007 | by schweinhundt1967See all my reviews

The previous review has given an insightful and succinct summary of the plot.It's nice to see the great Schwartz develop his character.A hard,although not monstrous man,starts to show his softer,better and gentler nature.And,he becomes hurt,and behave reasonably.He's not just a stereotype and/or caricature of a capitalist who exploits his workers.This shows that the scriptwriter was interested in showing something true to life,and not just a piece of propaganda.

Also interesting to see the role played by Svee Scooler.I'm so used to seeing him portray venerable characters in his later films,that I forgot that he,too,was once young.

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