Tag Archives: Yiddish

Hidden Hollywood: David O. Selznick and the Goy

The most commonly used Hebrew or Yiddish word for a non-Jew is goy.  The word “goy” means nation, and refers to the fact that goyim are members of other nations, that is, nations other than the Children of Israel.  There is nothing inherently insulting about the word “goy”.  In fact, the Bible occasionally refers to […]

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Mae Clarke, Jimmy Cagney: The Tricks of the Trade

In Lady Killer (1933) Dan Quigley (Jimmy Cagney) a movie theater usher, gets fired and drifts into a life of petty crime with a gang of con men and their slinky, hardboiled gun moll, Myra, played by the incomparable Mae Clarke. On the lam from the police and the gang who betrays him, Dan flees […]

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