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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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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, released in 1947, was the first of its kind for a film. The album consisted of several two sided 78s , all performed by Al Jolson, each in a sleeve, like pages in a book. LPs would not be introduced until 1949. See more »

Goofs

The Jazz Singer had its world premiere at the Warner Theatre in New York, not the Winter Garden as depicted in the film (as "The Jolson Story" was a Columbia picture, the change is understandable). See more »

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Soundtracks

Swanee
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Irving Caesar
Sung by Al Jolson (on screen Larry Parks)
Originally from the Broadway musical "Sinbad", 1918
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THE Magical Musical of All-Time.
24 July 1999 | by (Kansas, USA) – See all my reviews

After all these years, and all my countless viewings, "The Jolson Story" remains the most magical and thrilling of all Hollywood musical biographies. It also stands as testament to "The World's Greatest Entertainer," Al Jolson, and his tremendous impact on show business for all time. Jolie's fantastic voice, filled with warmth, power and soul, will always be heard as long as this wonderful movie is viewed. Larry Parks and his supporting cast are superb, but it is that Jolson voice, electricity-personified, that elevates the film to immortal status.


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