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The Jolson Story (1946)

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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

Cast overview:
Larry Parks ...
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Bill Goodwin ...
Ludwig Donath ...
Cantor Yoelson
Scotty Beckett ...
Asa Yoelson / Al Jolson, as a boy
Tamara Shayne ...
Mrs. Yoelson
Jo-Carroll Dennison ...
Ann Murray
John Alexander ...
Lew Dockstader
Ernest Cossart ...
Father McGee
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ...
Church Choir (as Mitchell 'Boychoir')
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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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Release Date:

10 October 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Al Jolson  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Virginia Rees dubbed the singing voice of Evelyn Keyes, Cantor Saul Silverman did the same for Ludwig Donath, and Rudy Wissler dubbed Scotty Beckett. See more »

Goofs

Immediately following Jolson's announcement that he'll star in The Jazz Singer, a view of New York is shown at night with an unmistakable Empire State Building seen in the distance with its unique lighting (although its appearance varies somewhat in the daytime view). The Jazz Singer debuted in 1927, but the Empire State Building only opened in 1931, with excavation only beginning in 1930, 3 years after The Jazz Singer debuted. See more »

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Referenced in Goodfellas (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin and Gus Kahn
Sung by Larry Parks (dubbed by Al Jolson)
Danced by Evelyn Keyes
Originally from the Broadway musical "Show Girl", 1929
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You Haven't Lived Till You Have Seen It
25 February 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The best movie ever made about the best entertainer who ever lived.Who else who performed 100 years ago are we still watching.....No One. The songs are the best and Larry Parks contributed immensely to endearing "Jolson" to all future generations. Sit back and turn up the volume and you will feel the electricity and amazing energy of Jolson through Jolson's voice and Parks portrayal. As all Bio's are fictionalized accounts of someones lives, this story is about the music that Jolson brought to millions of fans. My great grandmother born 1885 was the first generation of fans, my 17 month old grandson will become the sixth, his dad, my son plays Jolson every day. The "Greatest Entertainer" lives on.


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