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The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Music, Musical  |  6 October 1927 (USA)
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The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

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Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13 (as Bobby Gordon)
Richard Tucker ...
Yossele Rosenblatt ...
Cantor Rosenblatt - Concert Recital (as Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt)
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Storyline

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 home for good. After a few years on his own, now calling himself Jack Robin, he gets an important opportunity through the help of well-known stage performer Mary Dale. But Jakie finds that in order to balance his career, his relationship with Mary, and his memories of his family, he will be forced to make some difficult choices. Written by Snow Leopard

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Hear what you see - see what you hear. See more »


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Release Date:

6 October 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazzsänger  »

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Budget:

$422,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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1.33 : 1
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According to the dates of the letter/telegram shown and the title card preceding Jakie's return to New York, and allowing one day for travel, the Cantor's date of birth would have been on Saturday, August 9th, 1867 or Sunday, August 10th, 1867. See more »

Goofs

During the audience applause after "Tootsie", it's clear that the clip is just being looped, as a person behind the counter in the background repeatedly enters from off-screen without exiting. See more »

Quotes

Mary Dale: [Listening to Jakie cantoring at Yom Kippur services after the death of his father] A jazz singer...singing to his God!
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Connections

Referenced in Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: The Wrap Party (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Kol Nidre
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Warner Oland (dubbed by Joseph Diskay)
Also sung later by Al Jolson
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a film boosted by its legendary historical status
11 September 2004 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Whatever might be the shortcomings of this famous film, it is an uncanny experience to visit it from time to time. As we know, although it's the first 'talki' it's mostly a silent movie with all that entails. Nevertheless, those moments when sound and image are synchronised, often just for one side of the disc used for the soundtrack, are electrifying. The heat is turned up by the fact that Al Jolson improvised some of his lines, much to the horror of his stage mother. And besides, the tale of the errant son making good in the big lights is affecting. The music is superb, and we are rewarded by some haunintg evocations of the Jewish cantor tradition. I love the film.


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