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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Complete credited cast:
Eugenie Besserer ...
Otto Lederer ...
Robert Gordon ...
Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13 (as Bobby Gordon)
Richard Tucker ...
Yossele Rosenblatt ...
Cantor Rosenblatt - Concert Recital (as Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt)


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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The one and only Al Jolson in "The Jazz Singer". See more »


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Release Date:

6 October 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazzsänger  »

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$422,000 (estimated)


$3,000,000 (USA)

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The world premiere was at the Tower Theater in Los Angeles. See more »


Before the dress rehearsal "Jakie" applies black face and he misses a portion on the upper right forehead. He dons the wig which covers the white spot. After he returns from the dress rehearsal and removes the wig, there is no white spot. It is covered with black face. 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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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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"Wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet!"
3 June 2001 | by (Midnight Movie Land) – See all my reviews

George Jessel passed up a chance to star in this movie. he thought sound in film was too risky a venture to try and took a pass. Al Jolson went on to stardom and George became known as a toastmaster at Hollywood roasts. This is an excellent movie that certainly belongs on anyone's list of 100 best movies. The story has been ably told here, I won't repeat it. I do want to add a few observations, however. The movie is very sentimental, especially in it's portrayal of "Mama" and Jolson's devotion to her. Even when it first came out, writers were critical of this, which harked back to the days of broad stage melodramas. The use of the song Kol Nidre and the Jewish day of Atonement at the ending is significant in that forgiveness and reconciliation is what this movie's theme is all about. Recommended highly, many of the scenes are etched in the consciousness of movie-goers whether you have seen this movie or not. Jolson in blackface doing "Mammy" and "Mother Of Mine", singing "Toot, Toot, Toosie Goodbye". Seeing this film will bring back all these images and place them in their proper contexts. The minstrel type show or even blackface solos were still going strong in the 1920s. In the 1930s and even into the 1940s famous Hollywood actors such as Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney among many others would still be doing songs in blackface. This was no isolated case by a long shot. See it and see history. Also see it for what it is, a classic Hollywood story.

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