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Overture to Glory

  • 1940
  • Max Nosseck
  • 88 mins
  • U
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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This was the first US feature made by exiled German director Max Nosseck. Bearing more than a passing similarity to The Jazz Singer, it follows Vilna cantor Moishe Oysher, as he defies the synagogue authorities to find fame in the Warsaw opera, only to lose his voice on hearing of the death of his neglected son and find redemption on the Day of Atonement. With solid support from Helen Beverly as the Countess who falls for him and surprisingly lavish production values, this Yiddish film initially found little favour because of its downbeat ending, despite the superb singing of its star.

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Credits

Cast

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Yoel David StrashunskyMoishe Oysher
Chana StrashunskyFlorence Weiss
RabbiLazar Freed
Countess Wanda MirovaHelen Beverly
Stanislaw ManiuskoJack Mylong
Tilchinski, conductorLeonard Elliott
Prima donnaErika Zaranova

Crew

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DirectorMax Nosseck
Assistant directorBen Parker (1)

Details

Languages
Yiddish
Formats
Black and white
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