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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 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:
Four Angels, Poised See more (83 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:
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 ... Small Part (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)
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)

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)
 
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88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)

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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:
Continuity: The handkerchief in Jack's suit pocket seems to change shape between shots in numerous scenes.See more »
Quotes:
[title/caption appearing after Yudelson and Jakie's mother first sees him in blackface]
Moisha Yudelson:He sounds like Jakie, but he looks like his shadow!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Simpsons: Virtual Springfield (1997) (VG)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dirty Hands, Dirty FaceSee more »

FAQ

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50 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Four Angels, Poised, 10 February 2007
Author: tedg (tedg@FilmsFolded.com) from Virginia Beach

There's not much to say about this other than even today, for this viewer, it is emotionally effective. Yes you know you are being manipulated. Yes, the acting conventions of the silent screen are comically exaggerated. Yes, it is shameless in setting up the ultimate choice. But this is so well structured that even today it escapes cliché. That's so remarkable, because big movies are almost always turned into clichés as bits of them are digested and continuously re-served to us as our visual grammar.

The love interest here is so unusual. He does fall in love with a pretty dancer, but tells her plainly that his career is more important than she is. She later doesn't become part of the choice — as would be the case in nearly every other script — instead she becomes part of the audience, presenting the dramatic quandary: the stage or God.

The presentation of religion is unique in my experience. Everyone here is a Jew, except the performers. They are the "real" and everyone else is "pretend," performing. Though there are many opportunities to fall into obnoxious stereotypes, its avoided over and over. That's despite the dozens of examples they had before.

In fact, there's an amazing engineering of story here. As any viewer will know, this was the first talkie. It was new, and to emphasize its newness a story was created to emphasize the contrast between old and new.

This film is part silent, part "talkie." It shows a struggle between the old (obviously obsolete) and the vital young. It also depicts in a rather subtle but effective way the "old" god, and the new: there's plenty of talk about the performance hall being a modern church. The music as well: we have the implication that it is not only the setting, the performer and the calling, but the music itself that is something new.

Along the way we get street scenes of the Jewish area of New York. These are genuine street scenes and are absolutely phenomenal: there isn't anything I know that compares. There was an attempt of sorts in "The Pawnbroker," which by itself was strong. But nothing compared to this.

Ted's Evaluation -- 4 of 3: Every cineliterate person should experience this.

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