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Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg (2009)

Unrated | | Documentary, Biography | 10 July 2009 (USA)
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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 ... 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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ciesla Foundation See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The contributions of an early pioneer
17 November 2010 | by Michael FargoSee all my reviews

The intense rush of nostalgia that Aviva Kempner's film floods the audience with is carefully interrupted with well-placed--though brief--darker sides of the facets of Gertrude Berg's extraordinarily unique life. For instance, we're shown the close relationship with her mother in earlier years, but later told a more troubling aspect which adds depth but never spoils Berg's optimism that was such a hallmark in her material.

This technique is constantly employed and keeps us engaged with one exception: The McCarthy era is given a longer sequence into how the Red Channel affected those in Berg's circle and brought shame to a country that ironically also provided opportunity to many mentioned in the film, many of whom were broken beyond repair by rumor and suspicion.

There's generous archival footage that covers the entirety of Berg's life, and reminds us of her contribution not only to early radio and television, but of a rare driven talent that can still touch us today. We're fortunate this film was made when it was since some of the original cast and friends and colleagues provide primary source material. This is a warm and loving portrait that also touches on difficulties most pioneers face.

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