SKU 3395

CATSKILL HONEYMOON (1950) * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

Josef Berne, Joel Jacobson, Al Murray, Sylvia Feder, Miriam Feder
Reg. price: $14.99
On sale for: $10.99

After the Second World War, when vacation facilities changed from farm houses and bungalow villages to boarding houses and large hotels, Catskill vacationers fleeing the long, hot summers of New York City started demanding more recreational activities.  To answer this need and to stimulate business, resort owners were obliged to move into the entertainment business.  In this film, a Jewish resort hotel celebrates a pair of longtime customers' fiftieth wedding anniversary by staging an old-fashioned Borscht Belt show replete with singers, dancers, comedians, and impressionists. Filmed on location at Young's Gap Hotel in Parksville, New York the film includes glimpses of the golf course, tennis matches, calisthenics classes and sunbathers. True to the Catskill entertainment routines of that time, the cast includes an attractive young male star to enthrall the young ladies and a beautiful female star to beguile the male audience. Released in 1949, one year after the founding of the state of Israel the climax of the film occurs with the last sketch. The final act "Songs of Israel" hails the new state with fervor and joy. The film is a period piece providing an interesting glimpse of the legendary Catskills and Borscht Belt.

DVD-R is in Yiddish and some English with hard-encoded English subtitles (though songs are not always translated).  Approx. 93 mins.

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