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Joseph in the Land of Egypt

Joseph in the Land of Egypt(1932)

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The Yiddish title of this film is Yoysef in Mitsraim. The working title was Joseph and His Brethren. In an oral history conducted by the Hebrew University Oral History Department on April 16, 1979, Joseph Green, who is credited in reviews as Joseph Greenberg, relates that Guaranteed Pictures bought an old Italian film, dubbed it into Yiddish and produced this film, which was a big success in the United States and in Poland. Green states that with the money he made from this film, he was able to finance Yiddle with His Fiddle, which he later produced in Poland. In addition to dubbing the silent film, director George Roland filmed some new scenes, and a musical score was added. While modern sources have identified the silent film as the 1914 Italian production Joseph in Egypt, the existence of which has not been confirmed, it is more likely that the silent film to which Green refers was really the 1914 U.S. production Joseph in the Land of Egypt, which was produced by Thanhouser Film Corp., directed by Eugene Moore and starred James Cruze and Marguerite Snow (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20; F1.2296). According to a March 1932 news item, this film was planned to be released during Passover in the New York area. An ad for the film claims that 5,000 people were in the cast.