For more than 25 years, Gertrude Berg was one of the most prominent women in American broadcast media and popular culture, as the creator, writer, producer, and star of The Goldbergs, first on radio (where it was originally known as The Rise of the Goldbergs) and then on television. Berg -- who was best-known to the public in the identity of her character Molly Goldberg -- occupied a unique niche in the fabric of American life, and throughout the 1930s, she and Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of the president, competed annually in polls for the title of most prominent woman in America. Berg was even called "The First Lady of Radio" at a time when radio was king. Later on, in the television era, she invented the family sitcom as we came to know it, and did battle against the Red Scare and the blacklist. Director Aviva Kempner's documentary gives an intimate and detailed a look at the life of Berg, who died in 1966 virtually forgotten by the executives of the industry that she helped build. In the process, she and the other participants, and their widows and children, as well as admirers such as United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, explain how this woman, an articulate and intelligent first-generation Jewish American with little formal background in writing and no knowledge of the media, rose to such success in just a few years -- and why she was forgotten and swept aside almost as quickly at the other end of her career. Participants and interviewees, in addition to Justice Ginsberg, include producer/writer Norman Lear, actor Edward Asner, and writer/producer Gary David Goldberg.
Over Two Hours of Bonus Material; ; Audio Commentary with the Director; Episodes of The Goldbergs; Gertrude Berg's Guest Appearances with Edward R. Murrow and on Ed Sullivan; Additional Scenes and Interviews; Bonus Gertrude Berg Recipe; Essay from the Director
Disc #1 -- Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg - Feature and Commentary 1. Opening Title [3:05] 2. Gertrude's Family [6:23] 3. Lewis Berg [3:38] 4. Radio Debut [1:28] 5. Goldbergs on Radio [9:45] 6. The First Lady of Radio [10:30] 7. Goldbergs' TV Debut [2:07] 8. Apartment Building Humor [14:39] 9. Emmy Best Actress [7:07] 10. Philip Loeb [18:54] 11. Philip Loeb's Suicide [10:40] 12. End Credits [4:27]
Disc #1 -- Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg - Feature and Commentary Play Scenes Extras Audio Commentary With Director Aviva Kempner: On/Off Trailer Disc #2 -- Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg - Bonus Features The Goldbergs Play All Gertrude Berg The Fortune Teller Tiny Bubbles Whirling Dervish Gertrude Joins a Synagogue Meet the In-Laws Sunday in the Country with Gertrude A Day at the Opera Mutual Admiration Hold That Train Visit To The Holy Land The Wedding Crasher Gelfilte Fish A Quick Re-Writer Philip Loeb Play All Practical Joker Naughty Boy Ladies Man Activist The Boys Of Summer Stock Brief Encounter The Final Irony First Admendment Rights Eli Mintz Play All Coming to America My Brother's Keeper? Hebrew Actors Union A Mintz by Any Other Name The Apron The Accent The Income Issue A Father's Lullaby Larry Robinson Play All Pranks Larry on "Sammy" Schoolgirl Crush Arlene "Fuzzy" McQuade Play All From Broadway to "The Goldbergs" The Nickname Anna Italiano The Biker Friend Cast Member Anecdotes Play All Jack Urbont (Audition) Anna Berger (First TV Show) Anna Berger (First Theatrical Lead) Viola Harris ("Mrs. Mendel") Fanecdotes Play All Role Model Favorite Fan Letter "My Son's Marrying a Jew!" Anti-Semitism A Bigoted Man What's in a Name? A Union Man My Yiddishe Momme A Love Of Radio Everybody's Jewish Gertrude's Legacy Play All Ruth Bader Ginsburg Susan Stamberg Jack Urbont Henry Schwartz Margaret Nagle Andrea Roane Dr. Glenn Smith, Jr. Anna Berger Episodes "Pincus Pines" (Excerpt) "Mother-In-Law (Original Episode Featuring Anne Bancroft Exclusive to the DVD!) "Rosie's Nose" "Baby Naming" Victory Front Presents "The Goldbergs: The World Tomorrow" (1942 Radio Episode) Guest Appearances Play All Person To Person with Edward R. Murrow "Molly Hitchcock" The Ed Sullivan Show "Hanukkah Bush" Aviva's Goodies "Yoo-Hoo" Kempner Family Outtakes Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg Billboard Today I Vote for My Joey Filmmaker Bio About Docurama Credits Credits
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