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Archive Treasures Television - THE GOLDBERGS

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Archive Treasures Television

Sunday January 31st at 3:00PM* (Free Admission)

THE GOLDBERGS
The Goldbergs, created by writer/actress Gertrude Berg, is celebrated as the first television sitcom, and possibly the sole American television program to represent Jewish life. Lasting from 1949 to 1951 (following success as a radio serial), it made Berg (as urban Jewish matron Molly Goldberg) the most famous woman in America. Despite its cherished place in many hearts, it has long been out of public view. The Archive is pleased to count The Goldbergs among its holdings, and will soon release the series as a DVD collection. Tonight, we are pleased to present this program of three episodes, and to celebrate this unique legacy. Also featured will be never-before-seen clips from the DVD release of Aviva Kempner's 2009 documentary Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg, featuring testimonials from numerous public figures (from Norman Lear to Ruth Bader Ginsburg) attesting to the series' indelible inscription on public life.

THE GOLDBERGS (10/5/1954)
Directed by Martin Magner
Screenplay: Gertrude Berg. Cast: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Arlene McQuade. DVcam, B/W, 30 min.

THE GOLDBERGS (10/7/1953)
Directed by Martin Magner
Screenplay: Gertrude Berg. Cast: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Menasha Skulnick. DVcam, B/W, 30 min.

THE GOLDBERGS (12/15/1955)
Directed by Marc Daniels
Screenplay: Gertrude Berg, Michael Morris. Cast: Gertrude Berg, Eli Mintz, Tom Taylor. DVcam, 25 min.

IN PERSON: Aviva Kempner and James Friedman—UCLA Film & Television Archive.

TRT: Approx. 120 min.

* Please note the early start time.


 

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