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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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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Larry Parks ...
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Julie Benson
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Steve Martin
Bill Goodwin ...
Tom Baron
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)  »

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$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

In addition to the fee he received for selling the rights to his life story, Al Jolson also was paid $25,000 for recording the songs for the film. See more »

Goofs

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

Connections

References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Waiting for the Robert E. Lee
(uncredited)
Music by Lewis F. Muir
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Sung by Larry Parks (dubbed by Al Jolson)
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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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