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Molly Picon in "Yiddle Mitn Fiddle," 1936

Joseph Green and Jan Nowina - Przybylski's 1936 hit, Yiddle Mitn Fiddle, was the most commercially successful musical in the history of Yiddish cinema. Starring Molly Picon, Yiddle is the story of a young girl who dresses up as a boy so she and her father can earn a living as traveling musicians. Meeting up with "another" father - son duo, the foursome join together for a romp of music, comedy and romance.

In this scene, Molly wanders onto stage and tries to convince all those around her that she is indeed a girl. After spending the last several months dressed as a boy, Molly is determined to be taken seriously. Much to the audience's delight she cries, "I am not shy! I am a girl - look at me! What are you laughing at? Have you ever been a girl?"
Courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Molly Picon in "Yiddle Mitn Fiddle," 1936." (Viewed on December 8, 2023) <https://jwa.org/media/yiddle-mitn-fiddle-poland-0>.


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