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Release Date:
6 October 1927 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
WARNER BROS. Supreme Triumph ! ! ! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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(129 articles)
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Good fun See more (92 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Al Jolson ... Jakie Rabinowitz

May McAvoy ... Mary Dale

Warner Oland ... The Cantor

Eugenie Besserer ... Sara Rabinowitz

Otto Lederer ... Moisha Yudelson
Robert Gordon ... Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13 (as Bobby Gordon)

Richard Tucker ... Harry Lee
Yossele Rosenblatt ... Cantor Rosenblatt - Concert Recital (as Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Arden ... Small Part (uncredited)
Ernest Belcher ... Choreographer - 'April Follies' (uncredited)
Violet Bird ... Small Part (uncredited)
Nat Carr ... Levi (uncredited)

Claire Delmar ... Small Part (uncredited)

William Demarest ... Buster Billings (uncredited)

Neely Edwards ... Dance Director (uncredited)

Audrey Ferris ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joseph Green ... Walk-on (uncredited)
Ena Gregory ... Small Part (uncredited)
Leon Holmes ... Moey (uncredited)

Roscoe Karns ... Agent (uncredited)
Seymour Kupper ... Small Part (uncredited)
Mary Grace Larsen ... Small part (uncredited)

Myrna Loy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)

John Miljan ... Host (uncredited)
Margaret Oliver ... Small Part (uncredited)

Ty Parvis ... Boy Singer (uncredited)
Anders Randolf ... Dillings (uncredited)

Walter Rodgers ... Make-Up Man (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ... Backstage Maid (uncredited)
Marie Stapleton ... Small Part (uncredited)
Will Walling ... Doctor (uncredited)
Fred Warren ... Pianist (uncredited)

Directed by
Alan Crosland 
 
Writing credits
Samson Raphaelson (play)

Alfred A. Cohn (adaptation)

Jack Jarmuth (titles)

Samson Raphaelson  short story "The Day of Atonement" (uncredited)

Produced by
Darryl F. Zanuck .... supervising producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Louis Silvers (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Hal Mohr (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harold McCord (edited by)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gordon Hollingshead .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Gerald W. Alexander .... sound (uncredited)
Harvey Cunningham .... sound engineer (uncredited)
George Groves .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Nathan Levinson .... sound supervisor (uncredited)
William A. Mueller .... sound technician (uncredited)
William Schwartz .... sound (uncredited)
James V. Swartz .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Nugent Slaughter .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Louis Silvers .... musical director: Vitaphone Orchestra
Louis Silvers .... musical score directed by
Maurice Amsterdam .... musician (uncredited)
Max Amsterdam .... musician (uncredited)
A. Brain .... musician (uncredited)
A. Briglio .... musician (uncredited)
David Crocov .... musician (uncredited)
P. Finstein .... musician (uncredited)
H. Golub .... musician (uncredited)
O. Hoffman .... musician (uncredited)
F.C. Kendall .... musician (uncredited)
B. Klayzkin .... musician (uncredited)
I. Miccoli .... musician (uncredited)
F. Moritz .... musician (uncredited)
P. Perrier .... musician (uncredited)
J. Pfeiffer .... musician (uncredited)
A. Raimondi .... musician (uncredited)
Rosa Rio .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Edmund Ross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Morris Stoloff .... musician (uncredited)
Jim Water .... musician (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alpharetta .... technician (as 'Alpharetta')
Lewis Geib .... technician
Esdras Hartley .... technician
Fred Jackman .... technician
F.N. Murphy .... technician
Kathryn Scola .... script supervisor
Victor Vance .... technician
Ernest Belcher .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)

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Trivia:
The theatrical date of release, was on Saturday, February 4th, 1928. But it was first shown to and shown seen by the Warner Brothers' cast and crew, of directors, producers, actors and actresses, on Thursday, October 6th, 1927. 121 days, (17 weeks & 2 days), differ between the movie's date of release and the date, it was first shown to and seen by the Warner Brothers' cast and crew, of directors, producers, actors and actresses, (cast and crew members)before public theaters were allowed to show this premiere.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jack and his mother rise from the piano twice upon the Cantor's entry.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Robin:Mammy! Don't you know me? It's your little baby!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Brothers Warner (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
My Gal SalSee more »

FAQ

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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Good fun, 4 November 2002
Author: ukcritic (ukcritic@ukcritic.com) from Liverpool, UK, ukcritic.com

A simple story of a guy winning back his estranged father, told in strong and memorable images. Jolson looks just right, and although it was done for reasons of cost and technological limitations, it's actually pretty cool that this is a traditional silent movie that turns talkie for the performance scenes. It makes the terrific musical numbers come alive, and it gives the plotting no more or less emphasis than it deserves. Not a great film, but an enjoyable one, and obviously a historically significant one.

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