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The Jolson Story (1946)

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

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Cantor Yoelson
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Asa Yoelson / Al Jolson, as a boy
Tamara Shayne ...
Mrs. Yoelson
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Ann Murray
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Lew Dockstader
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Father McGee
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ...
Church Choir (as Mitchell 'Boychoir')
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Henry, Orchestra Leader (as Bob Stevens)
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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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10 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Al Jolson  »

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Budget:

$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

When shooting the musical numbers, Larry Parks didn't merely mouth the words to Al Jolson's pre-recorded vocals, as was customary. Instead, he sang along to Jolson's records in full voice so it would look like he was actually singing. See more »

Goofs

When Jolie and his family are at the premiere of The Jazz Singer He hums along with "There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder" this song is never sung in the Jazz Singer. See more »

Quotes

Al Jolson: ...trying to make songs out of music I picked up. Music nobody ever heard of before, but the only kind I want to sing.
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Connections

References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo' Bye!)
(uncredited)
Written by Dan Russo, Ernie Erdman and Gus Kahn
Sung by Al Jolson
Originally from the Broadway musical "Bombo", 1921
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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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