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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 »
User Reviews:
First "Talkie" in General Circulation See more (84 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
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:
Included among the '1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die', edited by Steven Jay Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The handkerchief in Jack's suit pocket seems to change shape between shots in numerous scenes.See more »
Quotes:
[opening lines, first quote and first words in the first widely-seen talking picture]
Jack Robin:Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet! Wait a minute, I tell ya! You ain't heard nothin'! You wanna hear "Toot, Toot, Tootsie"? All right, hold on, hold on...
[then he walks back to one of the band members]
Jack Robin:Lou, listen. Play "Toot, Toot, Tootsie", three chorus, you understand. In the third chorus, I whistle. Now give it to 'em hard and heavy, go right ahead.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Singin' in the Rain (1952)See more »
Soundtrack:
Yosl, Yosl (Joseph, Joseph)See more »

FAQ

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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
First "Talkie" in General Circulation, 23 September 2006
Author: Lee McIntyre from California

I rate the movie a "10" for its historical significance. "The Jazz Singer" is the answer to the perennial trivia question, "What was the first sound motion picture?" Certainly there were other talkies before this, but this one, the first feature-length talkie in the world -- is the one that turned Hollywood and the movie-going public on its ear.

It's fascinating. We think of "The Jazz Singer" as a talkie, but most of the picture is in typical "silent pictures" style -- with intertitles (title cards) to convey character dialog. Only with Jolson's vocal numbers and two other scenes is the new sound technology is used, and we hear the voice of the man many have called the world's greatest entertainer.

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