Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another

The Scroll

No. 18: Abie’s Irish Rose

The idea of Jewish-Irish intermarriage

Print Email

1928, dir. Victor Fleming. The story of Abie Levy, who passes off his Irish bride Rosemary as a Jew, began as a smash Broadway farce, which ran from 1922 to 1927. (“Our future babies/ We’ll take to Abie’s Irish Rose/ I hope they’ll live to/ See it close,” snipped Rogers and Hart’s “Manhattan.”) Victor Fleming’s film adaptation is largely lost to history; only a few reels remain, in the Library of Congress. But those excerpts stand as important artifacts of 1920s pop culture—a reminder that, once upon a time, nothing tickled America’s funnybone like the idea of Jewish-Irish intermarriage.

 

Print Email
2000

Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

No. 18: Abie’s Irish Rose

The idea of Jewish-Irish intermarriage

More on Tablet:

Why the Teenage Girls of Europe Are Joining ISIS

By Lee Smith — Because they want the same things that teenage boys want: a strong sense of meaning and purpose