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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 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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(123 articles)
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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
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:
Sam Warner, the Warner Brother, that was nicknamed the "Father of the Talkies", because he insisted that Al Jolson's ad-libbed speech be included in the movie, died on Wednesday, October 5th, 1927, just one day before the film debuted, to the remaining cast and crew, on Thursday, October 6th, 1927.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Quotes:
Jack Robin:We in the show business have our religion too - on every day, the show must go on!See more »
Soundtrack:
Blue SkiesSee more »

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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Well done, 3 October 2005
Author: Doug Nabors from United States

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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