Yoo Hoo Mrs Goldberg
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"Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!", Aviva Kempner's fascinating and touching documentary, reclaims the story of Molly Goldberg and her creator for modern audiences. Along with vintage clips from the radio and TV programs, Kempner presents interviews with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Norman Lear, Susan Stamberg and other luminaries who testify to their love of Molly Goldberg and the importance of having a radio and TV character who reflected the reality of their own lives. "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!" is an apt tribute to an unjustly forgotten pioneer of situation comedy.
What made the TV show so interesting is that Molly bridged two worlds - between the old immigrant way of life and the New World of American consumerism; All along, she retained those important family values of honest work and community compassion. Why did the TV show go out of fashion? Did the New Americans merge into mainstream culture so completely that old time values became less interesting on television?
The documentary is also important for its frank discussion of blacklisting.Read more ›
Gertrude Berg is revealed here as someone of enormous energy, drive and creativity. Despite her immigrant roots and the racial prejudice against her fellow Jews, she managed to write and act in her own radio show based on her fictitious family, the Goldbergs. They faced assimilation problems typical of all immigrant families of the period who were seeking, and finding, the American Dream. What a concept! Too bad Molly's brand of patriotism can't be taught to all immigrant families who currently struggle with their identities as Americans. Berg's view of Jewish immigrant life in the Bronx circa 1930 through 1955 revealed these new citizens to be 100% American through and through.
This film was enlightening, interesting and above all entertaining. I enjoyed watching it a second time with the director's commentary turned on. Don't miss this look at a broadcasting pioneer; you'll be calling 'yoo hoo' to your own neighbors.
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a tribute to a woman who introduced all of America to an heretofore ignored part of our history. it was well done, not at all maudlin. Read morePublished 2 months ago by riva dunaief
I first saw part of this on Netflix, then went to Amazon to see more. This disc showed a lot of the history of the show and the back ground of the characters. Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by MAUREEN G PETERS
I happened to come across the series 'The Goldbergs' (Circa 195x), and fell in love with the series and mostly Gertrude Berg! Read morePublished on August 20, 2013 by Barbara Killian
I loved every minute of it. I watched the show as a little girl. It was historically precious, and a fascinating view of a truly incredible woman. A very valuable tribute. Read morePublished on May 29, 2013 by Emma Bergman
It turned out to be much more interesting then I thought it would be. I didn't know how
intelligent and creative she was. I loved this so much, I sent one to my sister. Read more
OK so I was born when this aired & I was ~4 yrs old when it went of the air, but I got this as a present for my mother & she enjoys it completely & remineses about watchinhg it... Read morePublished on February 3, 2011 by Bob Schepp