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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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Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13 (as Bobby Gordon)
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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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Taglines:

Hear him sing Mammy, Toot Toot Tootsie, My Gal Sal, Mother I Still Have You. See more »


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Unrated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

6 October 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazzsänger  »

Box Office

Budget:

$422,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$3,000,000 (USA)
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(Vitaphone)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Warner Brothers quietly threw in the towel on the Vitaphone disk process in 1932. Not wanting to risk losing the disks, Warner Bros. had all of the Vitaphone sound for the film transferred to optical tracks on the side of the film itself in the 1930s. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jack Robin: Mammy! Don't you know me? It's your little baby!
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Connections

Referenced in Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Yosl, Yosl (Joseph, Joseph)
(1923) (uncredited)
Written by Samuel Steinberg and Nellie Casman
[Played several times during New York street scenes. Originally written for the Yiddish Theater]
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Almost biographical movie of Al Jolson
18 May 2001 | by See all my reviews

I gave this movie a 10 out of respect for the first talkie. Imagine the pressure in Hollywood at the time. Movies were rolling along at a great pace and silent film stars were icons. The technology of putting talking words to film was being developed and Hollywood had to choose the one star that could make it happen. That star...Al Jolson. Already incredibly adored and admired for a great singing and entertaining talent this legend accepted the challenge and forged Hollywood into a brand new era. Until the advent of computers and graphic enhancements with special effects Hollywood just refined that which Jolson brought to the public in 1927.

If ever you want to get a real kick see this movie, if you can find a viewable copy, and revel in the historical significance of it. Also take out your copy, or pick up Singing In The Rain, which pays homage to the advent of talking pictures. Although they goof with the characters, such as the voice of Lina Lamont, the very real challenges of transitioning from a silent world to a talkie world is very evident.


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