SKU 3396

YIDDISHE MAMA (Mothers of Today) (1939) * with hard-encoded English subtitles *

Henry Lynn, Henry Lynn, Simon Wolf, Esther Field, Max Rosenblatt, Gertrude Krause

This film exemplifies the Yiddish genre of "Shund", a brand of popular entertainment, which appealed to working-class, Jewish immigrant audiences with its broadly-drawn, sentimental stories reflecting daily life and culture of the distinctively unique American-Yiddish community.  Esther Field plays a mother coping with her children's troubles resulting from their straying from Jewish tradition.  A cantor's son is led astray by a woman of "questionable morality", becomes involved with gangsters and ends up stealing the deed to his mother's store.

DVD-R is in Yiddish with hard-encoded English subtitles.  Approx. 90 mins. + 10 min. newsreels.  See film sample for audio and video quality.

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