The earliest surviving Yiddish language film is also a cute little culture clash comedy. Stage legend Molly Picon plays a secular Jewish-American girl who visits her religiously devout extended family back in Poland. Chaos ensues when she accidentally marries a penniless student (Yonkel Kalich, Picon’s real-life husband).
A wealthy Polish-American businessman returns to the old country after a long absence. He brings along his spunky daughter (Yiddish stage legend Molly Picon), an irreverent practical joker and amateur pugilist. She wins the heart of a shy, dour Talmudic scholar (Picon’s real-life husband, Jacob Kalich) but when a mock wedding goes too far, they find themselves locked in an uncomfortable match. Will east and west ever find a way to bridge the divide?
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