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Al Jolson (1886–1950)

Al Jolson was known in the industry as "The World's Greatest Entertainer," for well over 40 years. After his death his influence continued unabated with such performers as Sammy Davis Jr., Elvis Presley, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, Jackie Wilson and Jerry Lee Lewis all mentioning him as an inspiration. Jolson was born Asa Yoelson in Lithuania to ... See full bio »

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 2012 Finnish Blood Swedish Heart (Documentary) (writer: "Suomalainen neekerilaulu")
 2012 The Oohs (Short) (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" (1927)) / (music: "Me and My Shadow" (1927))
  Boardwalk Empire (TV Series) (1 episode, 2011) (performer - 4 episodes, 2010 - 2011) (writer - 2 episodes, 2010 - 2011)
- What Does the Bee Do? (2011) ... ("You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet", uncredited)
- A Dangerous Maid (2011) ... (performer: "I'll Say She Does" - uncredited) / (writer: "I'll Say She Does" - uncredited)
- 21 (2011) ... (performer: "Down Where the Swanee River Flows")
- Paris Green (2010) ... (performer: "Back to the Carolina You Love" - uncredited)
- Boardwalk Empire (2010) ... (performer: "Avalon" (1920) - uncredited) / (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - uncredited)
 2011 Showboaters (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.3 (2011) ... (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 2011 The Rite (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 2010 Carsex (Short) ("Mr. Radio Man")
 2010 Moguls & Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood (TV Mini-Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Brother, Can You Spare a Dream?: 1929-1941 (2010) ... (performer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)" - uncredited)
 2010 The Sons of Tennessee Williams (Documentary) (performer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie")
 2010 Lennon Naked (TV Movie) ("Sonny Boy")
 2010 Marmaduke (writer: "California")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression (Video documentary) (performer: "I Love to Sing-a", "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum" - uncredited)
 2008 Agnes Moorehead Is God! (Video short) (lyrics: "Avalon") / (music: "Avalon")
 2008 Leatherheads (performer: "Toot Toot Tootsie Good-Bye")
 2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1920s: The Dawn of the Hollywood Musical (Video documentary) (performer: "Mammy, I'll Sing About You", "I Love to Sing-a", "Vive La France", "When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
  American Masters (TV Series documentary) (writer - 1 episode, 2007) (performer - 1 episode, 1997)
- Les Paul: Chasing Sound (2007) ... (writer: "Avalon")
- Vaudeville (1997) ... (performer: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 2007 The Brothers Warner (Documentary) (performer: "Blue Skies", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)" - uncredited)
 2005 King Kong (performer: "I'm Sitting on Top of the World")
 2005 The White Countess (writer: "Avalon" (1920))
 2004 The Aviator (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920)) / (music: "Avalon" (1920)) / (performer: "Blue Skies" (1927))
 2003 Hollywood's Magical Island: Catalina (Documentary) (writer: "Avalon" (1920) - as Jolson)
 2003 The Saddest Music in the World (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924))
 2003 A Guy Thing (writer: "The Anniversary Song")
 2002 Sinatra: The Classic Duets (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 2001 One Night with Robbie Williams (TV Special documentary) (writer: "Me and My Shadow")
 2001 I Love Lucy's 50th Anniversary Special (TV Movie documentary) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 2001 The Cat's Meow (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920)) / (performer: "Avalon" (1920), "Toot Toot Tootsie! (Good-Bye)" (1922), "California Here I Come" (1924)) / (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924))
 2001 Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows (TV Movie) (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 2000 Bamboozled (performer: "My Mammy" (1921) - uncredited)
 2000 When Brendan Met Trudy (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1999 Sweet and Lowdown (writer: "Avalon" (1920))
 1999 The Last September (performer: "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)" (1913))
 1999/I Payback (writer: "Anniversary Song")
 1998 The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg (Documentary) (writer: "Avalon")
 1997 Hidden Hollywood: Treasures from the 20th Century Fox Film Vaults (TV Movie documentary) (lyrics: "Avalon") / (performer: "April Showers", "Avalon")
 1996 Bogus (writer: "Me And My Shadow")
 1995 Richard III (performer: "I'm Sitting On The Top Of The World")
 1994 Bullets Over Broadway (performer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)")
 1991 Here's Looking at You, Warner Bros. (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)" - uncredited)
 1990 Palabras de mujer (Short) (performer: "Pretty Baby")
 1990/I Jacob's Ladder (performer: "SONNY BOY") / (writer: "SONNY BOY" - as A. Jolson)
 1990 Avalon (performer: "Anniversary Song", "If I Only Had a Match") / (writer: "Anniversary Song")
 1990 Goodfellas (performer: "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)")
 1989 Screen One (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- She's Been Away (1989) ... (writer: "There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" - uncredited)
 1989 Roger & Me (Documentary) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 1987 The Brave Little Toaster ("Mammy")
 1987 Miami Vice (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Heroes of the Revolution (1987) ... (writer: "Jazz Singer" - uncredited)
 1986 The Singing Detective (TV Mini-Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Who Done It (1986) ... (performer: "After You've Gone" - uncredited)
 1986 Mr. Belvedere (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Debut (1986) ... (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1986 Hannah and Her Sisters (writer: "Avalon")
 1985 The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Me and My Shadow Demon (1985) ... (writer: "Me and My Shadow (Demon)")
 1983 Phar Lap (lyrics: "California, Here I Come", "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" - uncredited)
 1983 The Benny Hill Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Superteech (1983) ... (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1982 It Came from Hollywood (Documentary) (performer: "Goin' to Heaven on a Mule" - uncredited)
 1982 The Last Horror Film (writer: "Mammy")
 1982 M*A*S*H (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Picture This (1982) ... (writer: "Me And My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1981 Time Bandits (writer: "Me And My Shadow" - as Jolson)
 1980 Falling in Love Again (lyrics: "Anniversary Song") / (music: "Anniversary Song")
 1980 The Ninth Configuration (performer: "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder") / (writer: "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder")
 1979 Jack Frost (TV Movie) (music: "Me and My Shadow")
 1979 De Mike Burstyn show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.5 (1979) ... (writer: "Me and my shadow")
 1977-1978 The Muppet Show (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Marisa Berenson (1978) ... (writer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
- Lou Rawls (1977) ... (writer: "Sonny Boy")
 1977-1978 All in the Family (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- Mike's New Job (1978) ... (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
- Archie and the KKK: Part 1 (1977) ... (writer: "Me And My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1977 Kinky Tricks (performer: "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody" - uncredited)
 1977 The Brady Bunch Variety Hour (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1977) ... (writer: "Me and My Shadow")
 1977 All You Need Is Love (TV Series documentary) (performer - 1 episode)
- Always Chasing Rainbows: Tin Pan Alley (1977) ... (performer: "My Mammy" - uncredited)
 1975 Hooray for Hollywood (Documentary) (performer: "Hallelujah,I'm a Bum")
 1975 Philadelphia, Here I Come (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1975 Upstairs, Downstairs (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Disillusion (1975) ... ("California, Here I Come!", uncredited)
 1975 Brother Can You Spare a Dime (Documentary) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - as Jolson) / (performer: "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" (1931), "California, Here I Come" (1924))
 1975 Funny Lady (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1974 The Best of Benny Hill (writer: "Me And My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1974 The Waltons (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- The Marathon (1974) ... (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1969 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee (TV Movie) (writer: "California Here It Comes" (End Titles))
 1968 The Wrecking Crew (writer: "Anniversary Song")
 1968 The Ed Sullivan Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #22.2 (1968) ... (writer: "I Gave Her That" - uncredited)
 1968 Star! (writer: "'N' Everything")
 1968 The Anniversary (lyrics: "The Anniversary Song")
 1967 Reflections in a Golden Eye (writer: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1966 The Silencers (writer: "Anniversary Song")
 1964-1965 Shindig! (TV Series) (lyrics - 2 episodes)
- Episode #2.17 (1965) ... (lyrics: "Avalon")
- Episode #1.3 (1964) ... (lyrics: "California Here I Come")
 1964 Sex and the Single Girl (lyrics: "Anniversary Song")
 1963 Hollywood and the Stars (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Fabulous Musicals (1963) ... (performer: "Blue Skies" - uncredited)
 1963 The Jimmy Dean Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 10 October 1963 (1963) ... (writer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1963 Meet Sammy Davis Jr. 1 (TV Movie) (writer: "Me and My Shadow")
 1957-1962 The Jack Benny Program (TV Series) (writer - 2 episodes)
- The Story of the New Talent Show (1962) ... (writer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
- Hal March Show (1957) ... (writer: "Me and My Shadow")
 1961 A Majority of One (music: "Yoo-Hoo" - uncredited)
 1961 Sing Along with Mitch (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 December 1961 (1961) ... (lyrics: "The Anniversary Song" - uncredited)
 1961 Susan Slade (writer: "California Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1960 The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond (writer: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1960 Ice Palace (music: "Yoo-Hoo" - uncredited)
 1959 Perry Como's Kraft Music Hall (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #11.28 (1959) ... (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1959 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode #3.15 (1959) ... (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1958 The Eddie Fisher Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 23 October 1958 (1958) ... (lyrics: "The Anniversary Song" - uncredited)
 1958 The Frank Sinatra Show (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Sammy Davis Jr. (1958) ... (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1957 The Helen Morgan Story (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1957 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.8 (1957) ... (writer: "Me and My Shadow" - uncredited)
 1957 The Wings of Eagles (writer: "Toot Toot Tootsie (Goodbye)" - uncredited)
 1956 The Benny Goodman Story (writer: "Avalon")
 1954 Name That Tune (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Episode dated 14 October 1954 (1954) ... (lyrics: "California, Here I Come")
 1953 Texaco Star Theatre (TV Series) (writer - 1 episode)
- Episode #5.15 (1953) ... (writer: "Anniversary Song" - uncredited)
 1952 Castle in the Air (writer: "There's A Rainbow Round My Shoulder")
 1952 The Story of Will Rogers (performer: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1952 With a Song in My Heart (lyrics: "CALIFORNIA, HERE I COME")
 1951 On Moonlight Bay (music: "Yoo-Hoo" - uncredited)
 1951 Hakuchi (writer: "Oh How We Danced" - uncredited)
 1950 Bushy Hare (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1950 Chain Lightning (lyrics: "California, Here I Come")
 1949 Feudin' Rhythm (writer: "The Nearest Thing To Heaven")
 1949 Jolson Sings Again (lyrics: "Back in Your Own Backyard", "California, Here I Come", "The Anniversary Song" - uncredited) / (performer: "Carolina in the Morning", "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody", "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?", "For Me and My Gal", "Back in Your Own Backyard", "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover", "When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "Chinatown, My Chinatown", "I'm Just Wild About Harry", "Baby Face", "After You've Gone", "I Only Have Eyes for You", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)", "California, Here I Come", "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)", "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy", "Ma Blushin' Rosie", "My Mammy", "Swanee", "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life", "About a Quarter to Nine", "The Anniversary Song", "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee", "April Showers", "Pretty Baby", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1949 The Great Gatsby (writer: "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" - uncredited)
 1949 You're My Everything (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1949 Curtain Razor (Short) (performer: "April Showers" - uncredited)
 1948 Elizabeth of Ladymead (writer: "Coal Black Mammy")
 1948 I Surrender Dear (lyrics: "The Anniversary Song")
 1948 Feudin', Fussin' and A-Fightin' (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow")
 1948 Nothing But the Tooth (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1947 Blondie's Anniversary (writer: "Anniversary Song (Oh, how we danced on the night we were wed)" (1946) - uncredited)
 1947 The Egg and I (writer: "The Egg and I" - uncredited)
 1946 Blondie Knows Best (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?" - uncredited)
 1946 Margie (writer: "Avalon")
 1946 The Jolson Story (lyrics: "California, Here I Come", "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder", "Avalon", "The Anniversary Song" - uncredited) / (performer: "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy", "Ma Blushin' Rosie", "I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad)", "My Mammy", "I'm Sitting on Top of the World", "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)", "Swanee", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)", "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life", "April Showers", "California, Here I Come", "Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)", "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder", "Avalon", "About a Quarter to Nine", "The Anniversary Song", "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" - uncredited)
 1946 Okay for Sound (Documentary short) (performer: "My Mammy", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1946 Blondie's Lucky Day (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?" - uncredited)
 1945 Rhapsody in Blue (performer: "Swanee" - uncredited)
 1944 She's a Sweetheart (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?")
 1944 The Impatient Years (writer: "Who Said Dreams Don't Come True?")
 1944 Swooner Crooner (Short) (performer: "September in the Rain" - uncredited)
 1943 The Voice That Thrilled the World (Documentary short) (performer: "Blue Skies" - uncredited)
 1943 Silver Spurs (writer: "Back in Your Own Backyard" - uncredited)
 1943 Show-Business at War (Documentary short) (performer: "My Mammy" - uncredited)
 1942 Cairo (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920) - uncredited)
 1941 Minstrel Days (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1941 Hold That Ghost (writer: "Me and My Shadow" (1927) - uncredited)
 1940 Hullabaloo (performer: "My Mammy" (1921) - uncredited)
 1940 King of the Lumberjacks (lyrics: "Avalon" (1920))
 1940 Africa Squeaks (Short) (lyrics: "California, Here I Come")
 1939 That's Right - You're Wrong (lyrics: "Back in Your Own Backyard" (1928) - uncredited)
 1939 Hollywood Cavalcade (performer: "Kol Nidrei")
 1939 The Movies March On (Short documentary) (performer: "Mammy")
 1939 Believe It or Else (Short) (music: "Yoo Hoo")
 1939 Rose of Washington Square (performer: "Pretty Baby" (uncredited), "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody", "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)" (uncredited), "California, Here I Come" (uncredited), "My Mammy" (uncredited)) / (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1939 Jerry Livingston and His Talk of the Town Music (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1938 Sweethearts (music: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1938 You're an Education (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon")
 1938 Torchy Blane in Panama (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1938 The Kid Comes Back (writer: "California Here I Come" (1921) - uncredited)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1938 Swing Your Lady (music: "Yoo-Hoo" (1921) - uncredited)
 1937 The Candid Camera Story (Very Candid) of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures 1937 Convention (Documentary short) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 1937 Hollywood Hotel (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1937 You're Only Young Once (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited) / (music: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1937 Thoroughbreds Don't Cry (music: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1937 There Goes the Groom (lyrics: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1937 Community Sing: Series 2, No. 1 (Short) (writer: "California, Here I Come")
 1937 Bring on the Girls (Short) (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1936 After the Thin Man (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Kid ("I Love to Sing-a") / (performer: "I Love to Sing-a", "The Swingin'est Man in Town", "I Want to Sing a Mammy Song", "You're the Cure for What Ails Me", "Here's Looking at You", "Save Me, Sister", "My Mammy" (uncredited), "Swanee" (uncredited), "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody" (uncredited), "California, Here I Come" (uncredited), "April Showers" (uncredited), "About a Quarter to Nine" (uncredited), "Sonny Boy" (uncredited), "All of Me" (uncredited)) / (writer: "Sonny Boy" - uncredited)
 1936 Love on a Bet (writer: "California Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1935 Pirate Party on Catalina Isle (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1935 The Payoff (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1935 Music Is Magic (lyrics: "California, Here I Come") / (music: "California, Here I Come")
 1935 Here Comes the Band (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow" (1927) - uncredited)
 1935 Buddy Steps Out (Short) (lyrics: "Avalon" - uncredited)
 1935 Go Into Your Dance ("About a Quarter to Nine" (1935), uncredited) / (performer: "Go Into Your Dance" (1935), "Cielito lindo" (1882), " (I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land" (1860), "Mammy, I'll Sing About You" (1935), "About a Quarter to Nine" (1935), "Old Folks at Home" (1851), "Casino De Paree" (1935), "She's a Latin from Manhattan" (1935) - uncredited)
 1934 Evelyn Prentice (writer: "Me and My Shadow" (1927) - uncredited)
 1934 Wonder Bar (performer: "Goin' to Heaven on a Mule" (1934), "Vive La France" (1934), "Ochi Tchornya (Dark Eyes)" - uncredited)
 1933 March of the Movies (performer: "Sonny Boy")
 1933 Advice to the Lovelorn (writer: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1933 Melody Cruise (writer: "California Here I Come" (1924) - uncredited)
 1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum (performer: "I Gotta Get Back to New York", "My Pal Bumper", "Hallelujah, I'm a Bum", "Dear June", "Bumper Found a Grand", "What Do You Want with Money", "Kangeroo Court", "I'd Do It Again", "You Are Too beautiful")
 1932 Big City Blues (writer: "Ev'ry Day Can't Be a Sunday" - uncredited)
 1932 Mr. Robinson Crusoe (writer: "A Year from Today" - uncredited)
 1930 Big Boy (performer: "Hooray For Baby And Me")
 1930 Mammy (performer: "Across the Breakfast Table Looking at You", "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy", "To My Mammy", "My Mammy", "Who Paid the Rent for Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?", "Why Do They All Take the Night Boat to Albany?", "Yes! We Have No Bananas" - uncredited)
 1930 The Song Writers' Revue (Short) (music: "Me And My Shadow")
 1929 New York Nights (writer: "A Year From Today")
 1929/I Horace Heidt and His Californians (Short) (writer: "I'm 'Ka-razy' for You" - uncredited)
 1929 Say It with Songs (performer: "I'm in Seventh Heaven", "Little Pal", "Used to You", "Why Can't You", "Back in Your Own Backyard", "I'm 'Ka-razy' for You", "Mem'ries of One Sweet Kiss" - uncredited) / (writer: "Why Can't You", "Back in Your Own Backyard", "I'm 'Ka-razy' for You", "Mem'ries of One Sweet Kiss" - uncredited)
 1929 Blackmail ("Sonny Boy" (1928), uncredited)
 1929 The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (lyrics: "Sonny Boy" (1928) - uncredited)
 1929 Jack White with the Montrealers (Short) (lyrics: "I'm 'Ka-razy' for You" - uncredited)
 1929 Pigskin Troubles (Short) (lyrics: "Me and My Shadow", "Dirty Hands Dirty Face" - uncredited)
 1928 The Singing Fool (lyrics: "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder", "Golden Gate", "Keep Smiling at Trouble", "Sonny Boy" - uncredited) / (performer: "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder", "Golden Gate", "I'm Sitting on Top of the World", "It All Depends on You", "Keep Smiling at Trouble", "Sonny Boy", "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" - uncredited)
 1928 A Breath of Broadway (Short) (lyrics: "Back in Your Own Back Yard" - uncredited)
 1928 Down South (Short) (writer: "Back in Your Own Backyard" - uncredited)
 1928 Lucky Boy (lyrics: "California, Here I Come" - uncredited)
 1927 The Jazz Singer (lyrics: "Dirty Hands, Dirty Face" (1923) - uncredited) / (performer: "Kol Nidre", "Dirty Hands, Dirty Face" (1923), "Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)" (1922), "Blue Skies" (1926), "Mother of Mine, I Still Have You" (1927), "My Mammy" (1918) - uncredited)
 1926 A Plantation Act (Short) (performer: "When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along", "April Showers", "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" - uncredited)
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Stage Play: Big Boy. Musical comedy (revival). Music by James F. Hanley and Joseph Meyer. Book by Harold Atteridge. Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva. Directed by J.J. Shubert. 44th Street Theatre: 24 Aug 1925- Dec 1925 (closing date unknown/120 performances). Cast: George Andre (as "Dancer"), Edythe Baker (as "Annabelle Bedford"), Hugh Banks (as... See more »

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[on Jack L. Warner] I can't see what J.W. can do with an Oscar. It can't say yes. See more »


He once entered a sound-a-like contest and as a joke sang as a sound-a-like for himself. He came third. See more »


First registered human voice heard on film.



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