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The Jolson Story (1946)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Music  |  10 October 1946 (USA)
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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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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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Release Date:

10 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Al Jolson  »

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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)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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

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Soundtracks

April Showers
(uncredited)
Music by Louis Silvers
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Sung by Larry Parks (dubbed by Al Jolson)
Originally from the Broadway musical "Bombo", 1921
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A film from a different world
2 November 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Simultaneously one of the finest and MOST NEGLECTED musicals of Hollywood's "Golden Era." One can only attribute this to the current atmosphere of political correctness that so erodes truth and learning in our society. No one (or very few, at least) are willing or able to understand what blackface really meant and how it was used and who used it. It is a sad situation and has lead to almost complete amnesia that pervades our time regarding Al Jolson and this fabulous film biography.

Great songs sung by a master showman. No special effects beyond the dubbing of Jolson's voice by Larry Parks. No explosions, rapes, bloodletting. No morphing, shape-shifting aliens. No loud, tuneless music. No rap "songs" extoling attitude and misogyny. Imagine a world like this one and you have "The Jolson Story." If you are under 45 you probably don't know what this means.


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