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Molly Picon in "East and West," 1923

Sidney M. Goldin and Ivan Abramson's 1923 Austrian classic, East and West is the story of a young American woman (Molly Picon) who travels with her father back to Galicia for a family wedding and falls in love with a young yeshiva scholar (Jacob Kalich) who forsakes tradition and joins the secular world to win her heart. It is the oldest surviving Yiddish film. In this clip, Molly has just been caught gorging herself before sun down on the family's Yom Kippur "break-fast" meal. Molly does not take kindly to her aunt's reproval. Whipping out a pair of boxing gloves, she knocks her astonished aunt out.
Courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film.
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American Jewish Historical Society

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