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The Cantor's Son (1937)

Approved | | Drama, Musical | 26 December 1937 (USA)
This musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher, in a film critic J. Hoberman calls an "anti-Jazz Singer." Oysher stars as a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ilya Motyleff, Sidney M. Goldin (uncredited)
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Cast

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Moyshe Oysher Moyshe Oysher ... Saul 'Shloimele' Reichman
Florence Weiss Florence Weiss ... Helen
Judith Abarbanel Judith Abarbanel ... Rivke
Michael Rosenberg Michael Rosenberg ... Yossel Lutchik
Juda Bleich Juda Bleich ... Cantor Zanvel Reichman (as Judah Bleich)
Bertha Guttenberg Bertha Guttenberg ... Malke Reichman
Isidore Cashier Isidore Cashier ... W.H. Rosovitch
Vicki Marcus Vicki Marcus ... Saul as a young boy
Lorraine Abarbanal Lorraine Abarbanal ... Rivke as a young girl
Daniel Makarenko
Irving Honigman Irving Honigman ... Ben, club manager
Rose Wallerstein Rose Wallerstein ... Clara, Helen's roommate
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This musical drama marks the screen debut of Moishe Oysher, in a film critic J. Hoberman calls an "anti-Jazz Singer." Oysher stars as a wayward youth who makes his way from his Polish shtetl to New York's Lower East Side where he is "discovered" and becomes a well-known singer. Ultimately, he returns home to the Old Country and reunites with his parents and his childhood sweetheart. Written by National Center for Jewish Film

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Drama | Musical

Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

Yiddish

Release Date:

26 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dem khazns Zundyl See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Eron Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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words by Dailey Paskman
Music by Aleksandr Olshanetsky (as Alexander Olshanetsky)
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Enjoy Yiddish cultural and cantonal artistry
13 July 2006 | by mzoberSee all my reviews

We just saw this most remarkable piece of Yiddish film history at the Jerusalem Film Festival. It is a must for those who love Yiddish culture and cantonal artistry.

While the story is dated, is is a great period piece that takes you to a small shtetl - Belz and to the turn of the 20th Century immigrant experience.

We enjoyed seeing Jewish boy struggle and make it in his new country only to return back home to celebrate his parents' golden wedding anniversary and face new choices and challenges.

Kudos to the Brandeis University and the film project for preserving this important work.


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