The Jazz Singer (1927)
[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.
Jack Robin: We in the show business have our religion too - on every day, the show must go on!
Mary Dale: [Listening to Jakie cantoring at Yom Kippur services after the death of his father] A jazz singer...singing to his God!
Jack Robin: [sings] I'll walk a million miles for one of your smiles, my Mammy.
[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!
The Cantor: Leave my house. I never want to see you again, you Jazz singer!
Jack Robin: [singing] Blue skies Smiling at me Nothing but blue skies Do I see Bluebirds Singing a song Nothing but bluebirds All day long Never saw the sun shining so bright Never saw things going so right Noticing the days hurrying by When you're in love, my how they fly Blue days All of them gone Nothing but blue skies From now on.
Jack Robin: Did you like that mama?
Sara Rabinowitz: Yes.
Jack Robin: I'm glad of it. I'd rather please you then anybody I know of. Oh darlin, would you give me something?
Sara Rabinowitz: What?
Jack Robin: You'll never guess. Shut your eyes mama, shut them for little Jackie. Ho, I'm gonna steal something.
[He kisses her, and they laugh together]
Jack Robin: I'll give it back to you to someday, you see if I don't. Mama darling, if I'm a success in this show, well, we're going to move from here. Oh yes, we're move up in to Bronx. A lot of nice green grass up there and a whole lot of people you know of, there's the Ginsburgs and the Guttenburgs, the Goldbergs, a whole lotta Burgs oh I don't know them all. And I'm going to buy you a nice black silk dress mama. You'll see, the butcher's wife, she'll be jealous of you.
Sara Rabinowitz: Oh no, no...
Jack Robin: Yes, she will, you see if she isn't. And I'm going to get you a nice pink dress that will go with your brown eyes.
Sara Rabinowitz: I, no thank you, no no, I don't need it.
Jack Robin: What do you mean no? Who is telling you? Yes, you'll wear pink or else, or else you'll wear pink.
Jack Robin: And darling, oh I'm going to take you to Coney Island.
Sara Rabinowitz: Oh really?
Jack Robin: Yes, we're going to ride on the Chute to Chute, and you know the Dark Mill? Have you ever been to Dark Mill? Well, with me it's alright, I'll kiss you and hug you, you see if I don't.
Jack Robin: Now mama, mama stop now, get this. Mama, I'm going to sing this like I will if I go on the stage, like you know, with it's tune. I'm going to sing it jazzy. Now get this.
Jack Robin: [singing] Blue skies Smiling at me Nothing but blue skies Do I see Bluebirds Singing a song Nothing but bluebirds All day long Never saw the sun shining so bright Never saw things going so right Noticing the days hurrying by When you're in love, my how they fly Blue days All of them gone Nothing but blue skies From now on I never saw the sun shining so bright Never saw things going oh-so right Noticing the days hurrying by When you're in love, my how they fly Blue days All of them gone Nothing but
[the Cantor walks in and interrupts]
The Cantor: Stop!