MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 2,555 this week

A Plantation Act (1926)

 -  Short | Music  -  7 October 1926 (USA)
6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 143 users  
Reviews: 9 user

Dressed in overalls and wearing black-face makeup, Jolson sings three of his hit songs. For the complete list, follow the soundtrack link.

Director:

(uncredited)
0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Venice Film Festival

See the latest from the 2014 Venice Film Festival


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 02 Oct 2012
 
a list of 54 titles
created 31 Oct 2012
 
list image
a list of 100 titles
created 03 Nov 2012
 
list image
a list of 1587 titles
created 18 Mar 2013
 
a list of 363 titles
created 23 May 2013
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Plantation Act (1926)

A Plantation Act (1926) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Plantation Act.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Mammy (1930)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Al Jolson, Lois Moran, Lowell Sherman
Drama | Music | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

Director: Alan Crosland
Stars: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland
Certificate: Passed Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Harriet and Queenie Mahoney, a vaudeville act, come to Broadway, where their friend Eddie Kerns needs them for his number in one of Francis Zanfield's shows. Eddie was in love with Harriet,... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
Stars: Bessie Love, Anita Page, Charles King
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

The curtain opens; behind it are two pianos where Charles Bourne and Phil Ellis, billed as the Music Boxes, are seated playing. After a few bars, Blossom Seeley and Bennie Fields enter - ... See full summary »

Stars: Blossom Seeley, Benny Fields, Charles Bourne
Documentary | Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

This short was made for the express purpose of noting the 20th Anniversary of Warners Vitaphone sound-on-film process, and was also made to be released concurrently, and shown on the same ... See full summary »

Stars: John Barrymore, James Cagney, Anna Case
Short | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Veteran Broadway performer Adele Rowland sings four songs in this Vitaphone short.

Stars: Adele Rowland, Mildred Brown
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A happy and hilarious couple (also known as "The Beau Brummels") perform "While Strolling Through the Park" and "Don't Forget to Breathe or Else You'll Die."

Stars: Al Shaw, Sam Lee
Short | Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Comic cowboy piano player Ray Mayer and blonde singer Edith Evans perform "Henry's Made a Lady out of Lizzie," "It All Belongs to Me," "Sleep, Little One, Sleep" and "Side by Side."

Stars: Ray Mayer, Edith Evans
Short | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A straight vaudeville performance of an all-girl ensemble. The leader is dressed in something like a lord Fauntleroy outfit, and the orchestra members wear matching dresses, with a patch in... See full summary »

Stars: Charles Green's Faydetts, Nina Grey
Musical | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

At the police station, four Hollywood cops sing "Skinna-Ma Rink-A-Dink," "Mother Goose Medley," "Cluckin'" and "Waddle."

Stars: The Police Quartette
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Himself
Edit

Storyline

Dressed in overalls and wearing black-face makeup, Jolson sings three of his hit songs. For the complete list, follow the soundtrack link.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Short | Music

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 October 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al Jolson in 'A Plantation Act'  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film was believed lost for many years. In the 1990s the film element was found in the Library of Congress, having been mislabeled as a trailer for The Jazz Singer (1927). Several months later the Vitaphone disk surfaced from a collector in Maryland, who had retained it despite it having been broken into five pieces. Through extraordinary restoration efforts, the print of the film is in excellent condition with wonderful sound (and no trace of the broken disk). See more »


Soundtracks

When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
(uncredited)
Written by Harry M. Woods
Performed by Al Jolson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Why Doesn't This Get Recognized?
19 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Al Jolson, in black-face, sings three of his songs in this short musical feature. All it is, is Jolson standing in front of a rural prop (a mural, with a chicken or two walking around) and belting out three numbers. In between, he gives a few thanks yous and comments.

"Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody" starts it off and is my personal favorite of the three. The second number is a much slower tune, "April Showers," and the finale is the upbeat "When The Red-Red Robin comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along"

In between the second and third songs, Jolson gives a few comments. The ending to this is very strange. The picture stops a few times and picks back up each time with Jolson taking more bows and blowing kisses. Then we see an "Intermission" graphic posted, and that's the end!

What's puzzling to me is the question, "Why isn't this film (albeit very short, and no story) considered the first "talkie?" This came out a year before Jolson's "The Jazz Singer." You not only hear Jolson sing, but talk.....so why doesn't that qualify as a "talkie?"

Whatever. The fact is the man could flat-out sing and this is a nice piece of history. It's a bonus feature on the DVD recently released of "The Jazz Singer."


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The First Music Video Robert_Ripley
Discuss A Plantation Act (1926) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page