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






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

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Release Date:

7 October 1926 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al Jolson in 'A Plantation Act'  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Featured in The Race to Save 100 Years (1997) See more »


April Showers
Music by Louis Silvers
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Al Jolson
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Primarily for Vocal Interest
14 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Plantation Act gives us an excellent opportunity to hear Jolson's voice as it sounded during his prolific Broadway run. And to judge, even by this 1925 recording, his voice is astonishing. It is rich, complex, and very, very powerful. Pay particular attention to the end of "April Showers." Jolson performs some amazing vocal pyrotechnics, impossible for any other pop singer I've ever heard, a long note on the word, "come," he actually changes the timbre of his voice in a way I have not heard from any other singer. It is truly remarkable.

One does get the sense that Jolson is particularly uncomfortable in front of the camera (as he would be for the remainder of his career). He seems to want to break out and bound around the stage, as he would have in a real show. It is nevertheless worth hearing just for his voice.

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