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Release Date:
6 October 1927 (USA) See more »
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WARNER BROS. Supreme Triumph ! ! ! See more »
Plot:
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy his 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 »
User Reviews:
Walking A Million Miles For One Of Your Smiles See more (78 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
Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt ... Cantor Rosenblatt - Concert Recital
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Seymour Kupper
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)

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

Myrna Loy ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
John Miljan ... Host (uncredited)
Margaret Oliver ... Small Part (uncredited)
Anders Randolf ... Dillings (uncredited)
Walter Rodgers ... Make-Up Man (uncredited)
Josele Rosenblatt ... Cantor (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ... Backstage Maid (uncredited)
Marie Stapleton ... Small Part (uncredited)
Will Walling ... Doctor (uncredited)
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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)

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
Victor Vance .... technician
Ernest Belcher .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
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88 min
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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:
Revealing mistakes: During the audience applause after "Tootsie", it's clear that the clip is just being looped, as a person behind the counter in the background repeatedly enters from off-screen without exiting.See more »
Quotes:
Jack Robin:[sings] I'll walk a million miles for one of your smiles, my Mammy.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Goodfellas (1990)See more »
Soundtrack:
Sérénade mélancolique opus 26See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Walking A Million Miles For One Of Your Smiles, 17 October 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

For a mawkishly sentimental play that was outdated even when it first was presented on Broadway, The Jazz Singer has had a remarkable life with now three movie versions and possibly more to come. Of course it being considered the first sound film probably has a whole lot to do with it. I doubt it would have been remade twice already if it wasn't a historical moment.

But for trying to hold up the Brothers Warner for some extra salary for doing that first sound feature, Georgie Jessel might have been able to repeat the role he created on Broadway as Jakie Rabinowitz aka Jack Robin, cantor's son who runs away from home as a juvenile and comes back home in time to sing Kol Nidre at Yom Kippur services in place of his dying father. Jessel's greed was Al Jolson's gain as America's greatest live entertainer at the time got to inaugurate the era of movie sound.

As Al Jolson was wont to do in his stage shows, he interpolated material from all sources in his first film that he felt was suitable for him. Toot Toot Tootsie and interestingly enough My Mammy were songs he'd done on stage before and were proved material his audience would respond to. The first song he actually does sing is Dirty Hands, Dirty Face which was something he had not done before. Blue Skies which he sings to his mother after returning home as a Broadway star was in fact a current hit on Broadway at the time Jolson was singing it.

People from that era say that you cannot appreciate Jolson on the screen, that to really get the full impact of his dynamic stage presence you had to see him live. Maybe so, but since that isn't possible, there's enough of him in The Jazz Singer and other of his films to realize what a great entertainer he was, black-face or not.

Warner Oland, later to be the first Charlie Chan, plays Cantor Rabinowitz and Eugenie Besserer is touching as Jolson's mother caught hopelessly between her husband and son. In that first scene of a grownup Jolson in a café before he sings Dirty Hands, Dirty Face you will note that is William Demarest who he's dining with. Myrna Loy has a small role as a chorus girl.

Still both the play and the personality dictate that this film is owned exclusively by Al Jolson. Despite later versions with Danny Thomas and Neil Diamond in the lead, the story will always be identified with the man who said we ain't heard nothing yet.

Though The Jazz Singer is exponentially sentimental and mawkish, it does have a very nice depiction of Jewish life and neighborhood in the Teens and Twenties of the last century. And of course The Jazz Singer is a historic first.

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