Yiddle with His Fiddle

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Yidl Mitn Fidl
Scene from the film
Directed by Joseph Green
Jan Nowina-Przybylski
Written by Joseph Green
Konrad Tom (novella)
Starring Molly Picon
Leon Liebgold
Simche Fostel
Running time 92 min.
Country Poland / USA
Language Yiddish

Yidl Mitn Fidl (English: Yiddle With His Fiddle, German: Jidl mitn Fidl, Polish: Judel gra na Skrzypcach, Yiddish: ייִדל מיטן פֿידל) is a 1936 musical film.


After the success of Joseph in the Land of Egypt, a silent film dubbed into the Yiddish language by Joseph Green, met with success, he decided to create an entirely Yiddish film, and returned to his native Poland to do so. Yidl Mitn Fidl was the most successful Yiddish film of all time and the most popular of Green's films as well.

The film was shot on location in Kazimierz Dolny, Poland, with local shtetl inhabitants as extras.[1] [2] Based on a novel by Konrad Tom, the screenplay was written by Green. Its score was composed by Abraham Ellstein, and the lyrics to the songs were written by Itzik Manger. Jakob Jonilowicz was the photo director of the film.

Plot summary[edit]

The film follows the story of an impoverished man, Arye (Simche Fostel), and his daughter Itke (Molly Picon), who decide to become traveling klezmorim. Because her father is concerned about the misfortunes that can befall a young woman, Itke disguises herself as a man and calls herself Yidl.


  1. ^ Polish National Cinema by Marek Haltof, Berghahn Books, 2002, page 40 [1]
  2. ^ Movie Review: "Yidl mitn Fidl" (1936)

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