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
The film's premiere date and time in New York City (October 6, 1927 at 8:45pm) was chosen to coincide with the Yom Kippur holiday, around which much of the film's plot is centered. See more »
When Jack is writing the aforementioned August 7 letter to Mary following the Yossele Rosenblatt recital, immediately after he writes the words "nearly stopped," there is a splice in the film (but not the soundtrack) and the insert of the writing is repeated at an earlier point so that Jack writes the same sentence again. This may have been to allow for a reel/disc change, since there is a conspicuous pause of silence in the middle of the shot where the music cue ends and another begins. See more »
[title/caption appearing after Yudelson and Jakie's mother first sees him in blackface]
He sounds like Jakie, but he looks like his shadow!
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You have to learn how to watch a silent movie. Most people who watch
one get bored, and expect modern day techniques. All of the
actors/actresses did great in this version, even Al Jolson who was not
"hammy" as he has been called. He, like the others, made use of wide
expressive movements with his hands. Some of the lighting could be
improved, but this may have been taken on a remastered DVD, I haven't
seen one yet. The music that is used expresses the mood of the scenes
very well for that period. The use of Blackface at that time and before
was not offensive to most anyone, even black people, as one of their
own, Bert Williams, used it over his own black skin. This movie
deserves a proper viewing, the viewer should learn a little
entertainment business history first.
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