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Symphony of Six Million(1932)

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The title frame of the viewed print read, "Fannie Hurst's Symphony of Six Million." Gregory Ratoff made his film debut in the picture. In New York, the film was screened twice daily at the Gaiety theater, which charged up to $1.50 for a single ticket, and had a four-week run "with options." According to Variety, this film cost $270,000 to produce. In a letter to Katharine Brown, RKO's New York story editor, associate producer Pandro Berman stated that he was interested in hiring actor Maurice Moscovitch to play the role of the father in the film. The part was eventually played by Ratoff, however. He also suggested to Brown that she avoid "the usual conception of Jewish characters, as for instance Buster Collier in Street Scene, or Vera Gordon" (a popular vaudeville, stage and screen actress who frequently played "Jewish mother" roles). The Variety review noted that this film was one of the few pictures to feature a Reform rabbi. In a letter to RKO head David O. Selznick, Jason S. Joy of the MPAA warned that censors in Ohio might object to the film's operating scenes because "such scenes are too realistic if not actually gruesome" for a general audience. Modern sources include Harold Goodwin in the cast as an intern.