Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg
Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg – Movie Review
From the award-winning producer and director of The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg and producer of Partisans of Vilna, comes a new documentary on America’s favorite radio and television personality. Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg is a ninety-minute documentary on an American Jewish heroine who emerged during the most difficult years for American Jews.
“Yoo-hoo, Mrs. Goldberg” is a documentary that looks at a very interesting woman, who is Gertrude Berg, who played Molly Goldberg on TV. It was the first television sitcom for which she won the first Emmy, as best actress. So, she was an interesting woman, at an interesting time in American history. One of her co-stars actually got blacklisted. The problem here is focus, or lack thereof. If Gertrude Berg was the focus, the woman behind the scenes, who was apparently extraordinary,(she wrote five radio scripts a day, and was the first real bonafied TV star.) would have held our interest better. If the focus had been the episodes of the show itself and how it evolved- groovy. The political period in which working actors were branded, hounded, and disgraced, would be compelling especially on a personal level, but alas the attempt to combine all three, leaves us with a documentary without a point of view. So, she’s an interesting woman, but it’s a documentary. Two stars.