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The Jazz Singer (1927)

The Jazz Singer
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(87 ratings)
6.9 IMDB rating

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Al Jolson

Al Jolson

Jakie Rabinowitz
May McAvoy

May McAvoy

Mary Dale
Warner Oland

Warner Oland

The Cantor
Eugenie Besserer

Eugenie Besserer

Sara Rabinowitz
Otto Lederer

Otto Lederer

Moisha Yudelson
Robert Gordon

Robert Gordon

Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13
Richard Tucker

Richard Tucker

Harry Lee
Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt

Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt

Cantor Rosenblatt - Concert Recital


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Alfred A. Cohn

Alfred A. Cohn

(adaptation)


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Description: Cantor Rabinowitz is concerned and upset because his son Jakie shows so little interest in carrying on the family's traditions and heritage. For five generations, men in the family have been Cantors in the synagogue, but Jakie is more interested in jazz and ragtime music. One day, they have such a bitter argument that Jakie leaves hom ... (more)
Release date: 6 October 1927
Drama (8), Music (7), Romance (7), 1920s (7), Jazz (5), Ambition (4), Concert (4), Saloon (4), Jewish (4), Musician (4), Dancer (4), 1927 (4), Broadway (3), Singer (3), Musical (3), Painted Face (3), Showbiz (2), Cantor (2), Silent (2), Blackface (2)
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"16.12. PC/TV, 1st viewing DIRECTED BY Alan Crosland Historically important as it may be, The Jazz Singer is a disappointingly boring and joyless film. The sound parts felt really tacky and gimmicky in this - especially in the scene with Jolson's character playing piano to his mother when the Jewish father interrupts them and the film falls silent again. The film functions more as a demonstration of a new invention than a piece of art or entertainment. Also, Jolson wearing blackface was a bit u"


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"The moving reconciliation scene in which jazz singer Jack Robin (Al Jolson) met his estranged dying father Cantor Rabinowitz (Warner Oland) and later decided to sing "Kol Nidre" in his father's place in the synagogue."


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"The most famous of all talkie sequences after almost three decades of film silence is Al Jolson's first spoken words. After singing a full-throated rendition of Dirty Hands, Dirty Face (Jolson's first musical performance in the film) about the joys of having a young son, his song is received enthusiastically by the audience. Jack Robin (Al Jolson) raises his hand and stops them (in his first spoken words on screen), speaking some of the most famous lines of dialogue in film history: "Wait "


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"Song: Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!) Music by Dan Russo and Ernie Erdman Lyrics by Gus Kahn Sung by Al Jolson Song: My Mammy (1918) (uncredited) Music by Walter Donaldson Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young Sung by Al Jolson at the Winter Garden performance"


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