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6 October 1927 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins See more »
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  (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
Victor Vance .... technician
Ernest Belcher .... choreographer (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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88 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)

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Many documentaries and historians state that immediately after the release and success of The Jazz Singer (1927) that all of Hollywood switched to sound. This is not true for several reasons. First, there were two competing and incompatible sound systems. The Vitaphone process was cumbersome, relying on an electro-mechanical interface between the projector and the turntable. Fox's Fotofilm was a superior sound-on-film process that allowed for easier editing but required a costlier projector (the Vitaphone system would be quietly killed off by 1932). Secondly, either sound process nearly doubled the budget of a film. Thirdly, theater chains faced enormous conversion costs (MGM-parent company Loew's Inc. owned over 1,000 outlets, and took a deliberately slow wait-and-see attitude toward sound). The first feature film with all synchronous dialog was Lights of New York (1928). Also, in the midst of the talkie-craze of 1928-30, studio bosses were faced with a limited amount of sound equipment and qualified sound technicians, causing them innumerable headaches over which productions to produce as talkies vs. silents. Also, silents were internationally marketable via cheap title card translations while talkies, prior to the advent of subtitles, usually required completely different foreign language versions to be produced simultaneously. Low budget producers of westerns along poverty row were especially impacted, with silents continuing in that market through the end of 1930. Many studios continued to produce both silent and sound versions of their films, including the classic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930).See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: Jack's whistling "Toot-Toot-Tootsie" is clearly out of sync in the close-up.See more »
Jack Robin:We in the show business have our religion too - on every day, the show must go on!See more »
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Referenced in American Pop (1981)See more »
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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
a film boosted by its legendary historical status, 11 September 2004
Author: strezise from Dublin, Ireland

Whatever might be the shortcomings of this famous film, it is an uncanny experience to visit it from time to time. As we know, although it's the first 'talki' it's mostly a silent movie with all that entails. Nevertheless, those moments when sound and image are synchronised, often just for one side of the disc used for the soundtrack, are electrifying. The heat is turned up by the fact that Al Jolson improvised some of his lines, much to the horror of his stage mother. And besides, the tale of the errant son making good in the big lights is affecting. The music is superb, and we are rewarded by some haunintg evocations of the Jewish cantor tradition. I love the film.

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