Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 15, 1954 Page: 2 of 8
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ACADEMY AWARD WINNER DONNA REED
HEADS PARADE OF HOLLYWOOD STARS
N FILMS DRAMATIZING UJA
Robert Mitchum, Gene Lockhart, Robert Young,
Thomas Mitchell, John Derek Among Stars In
Three Films Telling Story of 1954 Campaign
Robert Mitchum points to a hot-spot on the borders of Israel where Arab
marauders daily wreak havoc and fear among the settlers. The scene is from
"Frontier”, a 12-minute documen'.r.'. y which pinpoints the dangers and prob-
lems that Israel currently faces in her struggle to reach economic independence
while her neighbors carry out hostile policies of blockade, border raids and
political harassment. The film makes an eloquent appeal to American Jewry
to stand by the people of Israel as they seek to carry out their democratic
Thomas Mitchell, portraying a jeweler in Casablanca, brings the "big
moment” into the life of a homeless boy, played by Stevie Roberts. This is
a scene from star-studded “The Big Moment”. The moment for the boy comes
when Mitchell catches him in the act of stealing, but instead of turning him
over to the authorities, brings him to a Joint Distribution Committee shelter.
Where the boy is started on his way to a new life and new hope. >
MAJOR HOLLYWOOD MOTION PICTURE studios
have cooperated with the United Jewish
Appeal in producing three new films dramatiz-
ing the UJA’s crucial need this year for a
total of $119,921,150 with which to finance
urgent settlement, welfare and rehabilitation
programs in Israel and other parts of the
world. The three motion pictures, featuring
top-flight stars, are being released for exhibit
over television and at community meetings
throughout the United-States.
The longest of the three films is “The Big
Moment", a 26-minute drama made with the
cooperation of Paramount Pictures and pro-
duced by Mel Epstein. The cast of 16 is headed
by Academy Award winner Donna Reed, and
includes Robert Young, Thomas Mitchell,
John Derek, Eduard Franz, Forrest Tucker,
with Nathan Juran as director. It tells the
story of the “big moment" in the lives of four
people, a big moment made possible by funds
Donna Reed and John Derek, pioneers in an Israel border
settlement, in a real and tender love story that constitutes the
longest episode of “The Big Moment”. Donna’s big moment is
the realization that the Israel border is a "fence that keeps
freedom in” and not like the barbed wire of the concentration
camp where her father died. The story will grip your heart.
contributed through our community campaign
to the United Jewish Appeal.
Gene Lockhart and his wife, Kathleen, head
a cast of twelve players in the second motion
picture, entitled “The Year Nobody Gave".
The film tells what might happen if contribu-
tors suddenly stopped supporting pur com-
The third film, “Frontier", is a hard-hitting
documentary, narrated by Robert Mitchum. It
tells a straightforward story of the border
problem besetting Israel and how UJA sup-
port can help meet this danger. Both “The
Big Moment" and “The Year. Nobody Gave"
will be shown on television, while “Frontier"
will be shown at community meetings only.
The United Jewish Appeal supports the
programs of three constituent agencies—the
United Israel Appeal, Joint Distribution Com-
mittee and United Service for New Americans.
Robert Young, veteran screen star, is the narrator of “The
Big Moment”. He warmly ushers in the three stories and
points out that the big moment of the principal characters
could not have been made possible without the effort and
devotion of members of this community, whose support is
so vital to a continuation of the UJA’s programs.
stairing Gene and Kathleen Lockhart. The film ca
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Wisch, J. A. Texas Jewish Post (Fort Worth, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 15, Ed. 1 Thursday, April 15, 1954, newspaper, April 15, 1954; Fort Worth, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth755451/m1/2/: accessed November 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .