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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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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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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

The soundtrack album, the first of its kind. titled "The Jolson Story" (Decca), released in 1947, consisted of re-recordings by Jolson of many of his standards performed in the film to the lip sync of Larry Parks. It was first issued as 6 two sided 78 RPM records in an actual "record album". LPs were not introduced until 1948. See more »

Goofs

Mama Yoelson was already dead at the time Al became a star. See more »

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Soundtracks

Ave Maria
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
Sung by Scotty Beckett (dubbed by Rudy Wissler)
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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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