Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

Rating = B-

I never heard of Gertrude Berg before this documentary movie. She was off TV before my family got its first TV set in the late 1950s, and I never heard of her on the radio. Perhaps the Jewish mother in New York City was not so relevant to my suburban west coast family? I'm glad I saw the documentary movie. She was an amazing woman who played an important role in radio and TV history. Still, the documentary never really grabbed me that way the director's documentary on Jewish baseball player Hank Greenberg grabbed me. I think the documentary is competently made, in general, pulling the story together from many sources. But the “dark” side Mrs. Berg's history youth and life is not well explained.