The World of Sholom Aleichem

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The World of Sholom Aleichem

anthology based on play or musical live broadcast live television jewish

The World of Sholom Aleichem

Release Date: December 14, 1959

Year    :   1959
Slogan    :   «Based on the Writer Whose Stories Inspired The Fiddler on the Roof»
Genres    :   Drama, TV Movie
Production Companies    :   Talent Associates
Director    :   Don Richardson
Producers    :   Marc Merson, Henry T. Weinstein, Lewis Freedman, Lee Miller, Budd Wilds, Jack McGeehan
Writers    :   Bob Rafelson, Arnold Perl, Sholom Aleichem, Y.L. Peretz
RunTime    :   98 mins.

This omnibus release consists of three playlets filmed and aired during television's Golden Age, and starring some of the legends of film and television. The collection originally ran as a two-hour segment on December 14, 1959, on the anthology series The Play of the Week, broadcast locally in New York City via the independent radio station WNTA. Each "tale" in the anthology was adapted from a single tale by the inimitable Sholom Aleichem, regarded by many as the "Yiddish Mark Twain". Included are: "A Tale of Chelm" starring Zero Mostel and Nancy Walker in the story of a bookseller attempting to buy a goat; "Bontche Schweig" about a poor man (Jack Gilford) whose recent arrival in Heaven makes the angels cry; and "The High School" about a Jewish merchant (Morris Carnovsky) persuaded by his wife (Gertrude Berg) to let their son attend a particular high school despite the enforcement of quotas for Jewish students.

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