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The Jolson Story (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 10 October 1946 (USA)
This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a... See full summary »

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Cast

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Cantor Yoelson
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Asa Yoelson / Al Jolson, as a boy
Tamara Shayne ...
Mrs. Yoelson
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Ann Murray
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Lew Dockstader
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Father McGee
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ...
Church Choir (as Mitchell 'Boychoir')
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Henry, Orchestra Leader (as Bob Stevens)
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Storyline

This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a non-Jewish dancer, and marries her. In the end he chooses success on the stage. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Biography | Drama | Music

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10 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Al Jolson  »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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| (re-release)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the time Jolson was beginning his career Minstrel shows were popular and there were numerous vaudeville performers who appeared in blackface makeup. One of the most popular was Eddie Cantor. This would not change until the end of the 1920s. See more »

Goofs

The same audience shot is used at two different theater venues. See more »

Quotes

Al Jolson: ...trying to make songs out of music I picked up. Music nobody ever heard of before, but the only kind I want to sing.
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Connections

Referenced in Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Swanee
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung by Al Jolson (on screen Larry Parks)
Originally from the Broadway musical "Sinbad", 1918
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A musical gem gave new life to Jolson's reputation...
15 April 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

As a previous commentator put it so well, Larry Parks is better at playing Jolson than Jolson is! It's a fact. Watching him perform as Jolson is infinitely more pleasurable than watching the man himself--and if you've seen any of Jolson's own films you'll acknowledge the truth in my statement. Thank God Larry Parks was chosen to play him--his lip synch job is amazing. When those pure rich tones emanate from his mouth the movie goes into high gear. A dazzling number of songs sung in Jolson's inimitable style makes this a real treasure for fans of nostalgia. It's no wonder this was one of the most popular films of 1946. Glossy production values, a great cast, a script that whitewashes the true Jolson character but still has enough bearing on reality to make it an interesting bio. A total pleasure from beginning to end--again, mainly because Larry Parks was at the right place at the right time. Definitely one of the best musical biographies of all time...and fortunately, the sequel is not far behind it. See 'Jolson Sings Again' and you'll see what I mean.


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