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Tevya (1939)

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

Director:

Maurice Schwartz

Writers:

Sholom Aleichem (story "Khavah and play "Tevye der Milkhiker""), Marcy Klauber (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Maurice Schwartz ... Tevya 'Tevye'
Miriam Riselle Miriam Riselle ... Chavah 'Khave'
Rebecca Weintraub Rebecca Weintraub ... Goldie 'Golde'
Paula Lubelski Paula Lubelski ... Zeitel 'Tseytl'
Leon Liebgold Leon Liebgold ... Fedya 'Fedye' Galagen
Vicki Marcus Vicki Marcus ... Shloimele
Betty Marcus Betty Marcus ... Perele
Julius Adler Julius Adler ... Aleksei, the Priest
Daniel Makarenko ... Mikita Galagen, Fedya's Father
Helen Grossman Helen Grossman ... Mrs. Galagen, Mikita's Wife
Morris Strassberg Morris Strassberg ... Starosta
Al Harris Al Harris ... Zazuli 'Zuzuya'
Louis Weisberg Louis Weisberg ... Shtarsina
Boas Young Boas Young ... Uradnick, the Officer
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

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Trivia

Independently financed and shot on a farm on Long Island. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Version of Fiddler on the Roof (1971) See more »

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Beautifully produced and acted drama.
5 November 2001 | by borschSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

Yiddish

Release Date:

21 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tevye See more »

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Budget:

$70,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Maymon Film Inc. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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