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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 »


Cast overview:
Larry Parks ...
Julie Benson
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')


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 <>

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Biography | Drama | Music


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Release Date:

10 October 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Jolson Story  »

Box Office


$2,800,000 (estimated)

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Technical Specs


| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lew Dockstader and Oscar Hammerstein did not discover Al Jolson. By the time Dockstader signed Jolson in 1908, Jolson had been performing in vaudeville with his brother Harry for several years. See more »


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 »


Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »


You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Want to Do It)
Music by James V. Monaco
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Sung by Larry Parks (dubbed by Al Jolson)
Originally from the Broadway musical "The Honeymoon Express", 1913
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They Don't Get Any Better Than This
27 December 2005 | by (15th Row Orchestra) – See all my reviews

I could sit and listen to Jolson music endlessly. First of all,he had to be the originator of soul music, sung right from the heart. We heard what he felt and then felt what he felt. Secondly,he was the only singer I ever heard whose voice sounded like a trumpet. Perfect pitch, clear,crisp and resounding. Hence, we put together those two attributes, add his showmanship, charm and charisma and we end up with the greatest single entertainer in the history of American show business. Larry Parks is truly astounding and gives a performance, including perfect lip synching, that should have earned him the Oscar. Politics came first, apparently.

The film, even with its occasional flaws, was amazingly entertaining. From the first scene to when his Julie Benson walks out by realizing that she could have never taken the music out of Jolson and vice versa,the entire production was pure hypnotic joy. Unbeatable music, warmth, tenderness and humility run wild. A superb feast for the ears and eyes. A never-to-be-forgotten film.

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