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1930-1939

Yidl Mitn Fidl (Yidl With a Fiddle) (Poland / USA, 1935)

Directed by Joseph Green and Jan Nowina-Przybylski. "The first truly international Yiddish hit. Molly Picon's vaudeville antics are backed by some of the most enchanting music of any Yiddish film, in the tale of itinerant klezmorim and the girl (Molly at 37!) who disguises herself as a boy to join them. The plot takes them through countryside to town and the Warsaw stage, even to Second Avenue, New York, and is not without romance nor a feminist touch: Yid'l gets it all, her man and a musical career.

Zou Zou (France, 1934)

Directed by Marc Allegret. Cast:Josephine Baker, Jean Gabin, Yvette Lebon. Whenthe star of a musical plays walks out on hersugardaddy producer for true love, a talentedCinderella (Baker) takes her place, saves theshow, and is hailed as a new sensation onopening night. Includes five big musicalnumbers. 92 min. ;
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[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Chu Chin Chow (UK, 1934)

Directed by Walter Forde. Cast: George Robey (Ali Baba), Anna May Wong (Zahrat), Fritz Kortner (Abu Hasan), John Garrick (Nur-al-din). A musical retelling of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Penniless woodcutter Ali Baba finds himself wealthy when he discovers the secret treasure cave of the Forty Thieves, but soon finds he must contend with Abu Hasan, a thief posing as a Chinese mandarin in order to steal Ali Baba's riches. Wong plays the slave girl who must help Ali Baba in his adventure. (Disc 2): "Ali Baba nights," cut down American version of Chu Chin Chow. 102 min.

[Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves] Popeye The Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (1937)

Animated short. Directed by Dave Fleischer. "Popeye, Olive and Wimpy crash their airplane in the desert. After a long trek through the desert they arrive in a town which is promptly ransacked by bandit chief Abu Hassan (Bluto) and his forty thieves (Abu's men mumble as they ride and strip everything in sight as they zip by). Olive is pressed into service as a laundress, while Wimpy is tied up and forced to watch Abu Hassan eat.

[Benchley, Robert] Robert Benchley and the Knights of the Algonquin

This special collection of rare short films pays homage to the great American satirist Robert Benchley and two other witty literati who shared his company at the Hotel Algonquin's legendary round table and personified the sophisticated literary scene of New York in the 1920's and 1930's. Contents: The witness / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1941) -- The trouble with husbands / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1940) -- The man's angle / directed by Leslie Roush ; photographed by William Steiner (1942)-- Mr.

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