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Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

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The story of the actress, writer, and broadcasting pioneer Gertrude Berg.


Aviva Kempner
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Credited cast:
Gertrude Berg ... Herself / Molly Goldberg (archive footage)
Lewis Berg Lewis Berg ... Himself (archive footage)
Sara Chase ... Laura (voice)
Ruth Bader Ginsburg ... Herself
Viola Harris Viola Harris ... Herself
Norman Lear ... Himself
Madeline Lee Madeline Lee ... Herself (as Madeline Guilford)
Arlene McQuade Arlene McQuade ... Herself
Margaret Nagle ... Herself
Susan Stamberg Susan Stamberg ... Herself
Betty Walker Betty Walker ... Mrs. Bertha Kramer (archive footage)
Roberta Wallach ... Effie (voice)
Molly Yeselson Molly Yeselson ... Herself (Bonus Features)


A documentary on television pioneer Gertrude Berg. She was the creator, principal writer, and star of "The Goldbergs," a popular radio show for 17 years, which became television's very first character-driven domestic sitcom in 1949. Berg received the first Best Actress Emmy in history, and paved the way for women in the entertainment industry. Written by Aviva Kempner

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"The Most Famous Woman in America You've Never Heard Of"




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Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,302, 12 July 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,133,662, 1 January 2010
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Ciesla Foundation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Philip Loeb died for the terrible disease called the "Blacklist."
17 September 2010 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

It is always fun to go back and see the early days of TV. Coming as it did mostly or frequently from radio, this early look at a woman that was as popular as Oprah in her day.

To see a strong woman like Gertrude Berg, who came from a difficult childhood due to the death of her brother and the resulting mental difficulties that beset her mother, develop a character and a family show that everyone in the country followed, was amazing.

To see people like Edward R. Murrow and Ed Sullivan, and the evil red scare that brought about the show's eventual demise is a telling reminder of why Fox News and the Tea Party is so dangerous today.

It was an enjoyable journey into the birth of TV, and the birth of sitcoms.

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