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The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 6 October 1927 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Otto Lederer ...
Robert Gordon ...
Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13 (as Bobby Gordon)
Richard Tucker ...
Yossele Rosenblatt ...
Cantor Rosenblatt - Concert Recital (as Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt)


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Release Date:

6 October 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazzsänger  »

Box Office


$422,000 (estimated)


$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 »


In the scene where the Cantor prepares to whip the 13-year old Jakie, the boy has three buttons conspicuously pinned to his shirt for most of the take. However in the shot where the cantor shoves him towards the bedroom, there are only two buttons. See more »


Jack Robin: We in the show business have our religion too - on every day, the show must go on!
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Referenced in The 76th Annual Academy Awards (2004) See more »


Dirty Hands, Dirty Face
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Edgar Leslie, Grant Clarke and Al Jolson
Sung by Al Jolson
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uh, what?
30 May 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are so many stupid comments expressed in the reviews of this film that it boggles the mind. This film, good or bad, is not about race, racism, attitudes towards black Americans, nor is the character in the film a "minstrel." Holy cow, did anybody actually SEE THE MOVIE? Does anyone know who Al Jolson was and what he accomplished? what he stood for regarding black Americans? what blackface meant in 1920?

Good Lord. Such myopic political correctness distorts history, reality, and finds fault where there is none. The Amsterdam News, the leading newspaper of Harlem in the 20's lauded Jolson's performance as one "every black man should be proud of." Attitudes, beliefs, values CHANGE OVER TIME...HELLOOOO!!! The fact that Jolson wore blackface says NOTHING about his, the audiences, the producers, actors, or, song writers atttituds toward race. How dumb have we become?

People under the age of five should NOT be allowed to post opinions on this forum.

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