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On a heym (1939)

The last Yiddish feature made in Poland before WWII, this 1939 film was based on a 1907 play by the prolific playwright Jacob Gordin. Best known for his folksy didacticism and moralism, ... See full summary »

Director:

Aleksander Marten

Writers:

Jacob Gordin (play), Alter Kacyzne

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Cast

Cast overview:
Aleksander Marten Aleksander Marten ... Abram 'Awrejmel' Rywkin
Ida Kaminska ... Bas Szewa
Adam Domb Adam Domb ... Jakub Elchanan Rywkin
Ben Zuker Ben Zuker ... Henoch - son
Shimen Dzigan Shimen Dzigan ... Motele (as Szymon Dzigan)
Ysrael Szumacher Ysrael Szumacher ... Fisele (as Izrael Szumacher)
Wiera Gran ... Bessie - singer
Dora Fakiel Dora Fakiel ... Lina
Merele Gruber Merele Gruber ... Woman
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The last Yiddish feature made in Poland before WWII, this 1939 film was based on a 1907 play by the prolific playwright Jacob Gordin. Best known for his folksy didacticism and moralism, Gordin brought the common life of the Lower East Side to the Yiddish stage. With over 100 plays to his credit, Gordin was a formative influence on modern Yiddish theater. He was so popular among theatergoers that reportedly a quarter of a million people attended his funeral in New York City. Without a Home is the story of the separation and hardships faced by immigrants in America at the turn of the century. Its touching portrayal of the hardships of immigrant life enthralled Jewish theater audiences and it became part of the standard Yiddish stage repertoire in America and Poland. The film provides a poignant and dramatic picture of a difficult era, focusing on the bleak prospects for the survival of traditional Jewish family values. When the eldest son of the Rivkin family is drowned, the father ... Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Drama

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Details

Country:

Poland

Language:

Yiddish

Release Date:

31 March 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Without a Home See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Alma-Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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