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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
A touching tribute to a sitcom pioneer. Nov. 5 2009
By Miles D. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
For more than a quarter-century, during the halcyon days of radio and early television, actress-playwright Gertrude Berg ruled the airwaves as Molly Goldberg, a kindly Jewish mother dispensing homespun wisdom to her family and neighbors in the Bronx. Berg told Edward R. Murrow that she spent more time as Molly Goldberg than she did as Gertrude Berg, and this was the plain truth: she wrote, produced and starred in more than 5,000 episodes of "The Goldbergs," making her one of the true creative dynamos of American entertainment history. At the peak of her fame, Berg was second in the public trust only to Eleanor Roosevelt. Unfortunately, the blacklist damaged her career, and destroyed that of her co-star, Philip Loeb, who subsequently committed suicide. Also, the poor picture quality and erratic distibution of the kinescopes of "The Goldbergs" guaranteed that Molly Goldberg wouldn't remain a household name, as Lucy Ricardo and Ralph Kramden did.

"Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!", Aviva Kempner's fascinating and touching documentary, reclaims the story of Molly Goldberg and her creator for modern audiences. Along with vintage clips from the radio and TV programs, Kempner presents interviews with Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Norman Lear, Susan Stamberg and other luminaries who testify to their love of Molly Goldberg and the importance of having a radio and TV character who reflected the reality of their own lives. "Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg!" is an apt tribute to an unjustly forgotten pioneer of situation comedy.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Documentary about a (Lost) American Icon June 19 2010
By Gerard D. Launay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
You don't have to be Jewish to love "The Goldbergs." This film is a simply wonderful documentary about a self-made Jewish woman (whose real name is Gertrude Berg) who - through force of personality and hard work - stormed into the radio business in the 1930's and then persuaded the producers to allow her to make the first TV family "sitcom" before "I Love Lucy" or "The Cosby's. Gertrude Berg invented the genre and was the queen of television for years. The movie includes quite a few clips of some of her actual episodes; Many will be curious to see the TV shows in full. (Now that is possible with a new DVD collection). My best friend who grew up in the 1940's opined that this was his favorite television program. Perhaps Gertrude Berg will get her much deserved re-recognition in the 21st century. I was terribly impressed that Gertrude Berg wrote a new TV episode EVERY NIGHT, then directed her co-actors in the morning, became the leading star, and then completed filming that episode in the afternoon. Then, in the remaining hours of the same day she wrote her next episode and did this thousands of times. Let's face it...that is a brilliant accomplishment that no one - male or woman - has ever matched!

What made the TV show so interesting is that Molly bridged two worlds - between the old immigrant way of life and the New World of American consumerism; All along, she retained those important family values of honest work and community compassion. Why did the TV show go out of fashion? Did the New Americans merge into mainstream culture so completely that old time values became less interesting on television?

The documentary is also important for its frank discussion of blacklisting. The television husband of Molly Goldberg took his own life when he was not allowed to work any longer during the McCarthy witch hunting years.

I would not miss this film! Another documentary by the same director is the critically acclaimed "Life and Times of Hank Greenberg". He was a very important athlete who broke racial barriers in professional baseball for the Jews but is much less known than Jackie Robinson who did the same for African Americans. Last, but not least, for those who like Jewish cooking, don't forget to buy [on Amazon] a copy of "The Molly Goldberg Jewish cookbook", a volume that recreates those delicious Jewish recipes of the 1930s - 1950's.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
For Nostalgia Buffs Aug. 27 2009
By Cary B. Barad - Published on Amazon.com
An interesting niche film primarily for nostalgia buffs with a strong emphasis on the 1950's and the birth of modern television. Because it is comprised essentially of film clips and interviews, it is a little draggy at times. There is a socio-political component as well-- with a through account of the Jewish-American immigration experience, Jewish humor, McCarthyism, feminism, etc. The creator of this film is apparently undergoing some of the financial stresses of production, so if you do decide to view it in a theater, you will be supporting her efforts.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating Aug. 16 2011
By Debrose - Published on Amazon.com
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A must see, not only was Gertrude Berg a radio and TV icon, she was a pre-feminist era Wonder Woman. She wrote, produced, directed and starred in her own series This film also gives a special insight into that dread Blacklist era of the 50s. Wonderful commentary by Justice Ginsberg and many others she influenced.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Thanks for the Memories! April 11 2011
By Sol A. Factor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Yoo Hoo Mrs. Goldberg, for those of us 55+ is an opportunity to go back in television history and witness one of the pioneer women of radio and television programs. This documentary covers many aspects of her personal and professional life. It makes you realize what a strong personality and great talent she had! A pure joy!

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