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Director:
Writers:
Harry Chandlee (adaptation)
Stephen Longstreet (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 October 1946 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A wonderful biopic about a great entertainer. See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Larry Parks ... Al Jolson

Evelyn Keyes ... Julie Benson

William Demarest ... 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')
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Arnold ... Wardrobe Woman (uncredited)
Nita Bieber ... Dancer in nightclub revue (uncredited)
Lilian Bond ... Woman (uncredited)
Symona Boniface ... Woman in Audience (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Bill Brandt ... Nightclub Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Clay Campbell ... Makeup Artist for 'The Jazz Singer' (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Man in Audience / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Donna Dax ... Girl Publicist (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Asst. Stage Manager (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Woman in Audience / Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Dick Glenn (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ... Jimmy, the Call Boy (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Fred Howard ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Coulter Irwin ... John, Young Priest (uncredited)

Al Jolson ... Himself - in long shot of 'Swanee' (uncredited)
Charles Jordan ... Dockstader's Stage Manager (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Florenz Ziegfeld (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Winter Garden Director (uncredited)
Robert Kellard ... Henry, Orchestra Leader (as Bob Stevens) (uncredited)
P.J. Kelly ... Doorman (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Lab Manager (uncredited)
Pat Lane ... Cameraman (uncredited)
Jimmy Lloyd ... Roy Anderson (uncredited)
Arthur Loft ... Winter Garden Stage Manager (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Gaffer (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Edwin Maxwell ... Oscar Hammerstein (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Night Club Patron (uncredited)
Robert Mitchell ... Choir Conductor (uncredited)
Helen O'Hara ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Palma ... Worker in Railroad Yard (uncredited)
Eddie Rio ... Nightclub Master of Ceremonies (uncredited)
Adele Roberts ... Dancer (uncredited)
Alex Romero ... Dancer (uncredited)
Fred F. Sears ... Oscar - Cutter (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Policeman Reilly (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Electrician (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Man in Audience (uncredited)
Ann E. Todd ... Ann Murray as a Child (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... Railroad Watchman (uncredited)
Emmett Vogan ... Jonsey (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Henry the Butler (uncredited)
Rudy Wissler ... Asa Yoelson (singing voice) (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Sourpuss Movie Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sidney Buchman  uncredited
Harry Chandlee  adaptation
Stephen Longstreet  screenplay
Andrew Solt  adaptation

Produced by
Gordon Griffith .... associate producer (as Gordon S. Griffith)
Sidney Skolsky .... producer
Sidney Buchman .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
George Duning (uncredited)
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Arthur Morton (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker 
 
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
 
Art Direction by
Stephen Goosson 
Walter Holscher 
 
Set Decoration by
Louis Diage 
William Kiernan 
 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilbur McGaugh .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound recordist (as Hugh McDowell)
Richard Olson .... sound re-recordist
John P. Livadary .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Donald C. Glouner .... matte paintings camera (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ned Scott .... still photographer
Victor Scheurich .... second camera operator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Saul Chaplin .... vocal arranger
Martin Fried .... music arranger
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Edwin Wetzel .... music recordist
George Duning .... music arranger (uncredited)
Virginia Rees .... singing voice: Evelyn Keyes (uncredited)
Saul Silverman .... singing voice: Ludwig Donath (uncredited)
Rudy Wissler .... singing voice: Scotty Beckett (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Lawrence W. Butler .... montage director
Jack Cole .... choreographer
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Joseph H. Lewis .... director: production numbers
James T. 'Bud' Nelson .... singing double
Morgan Padelford .... associate technicolor color director
Robert Gordon .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Roy Hamilton .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Thelma Hoover .... research director (uncredited)
Al Jolson .... original singing voice: Larry Parks (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
128 min | USA:124 min (re-release) | West Germany:104 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:S | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #11154, General Audience) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When Jolson attends the premiere of The Jazz Singer (1927) we hear the soundtrack, but Warner Bros. - which owned the rights to "The Jazz Singer" - would not permit a visual clip to shown in this film, which was made by Columbia.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: The Jazz Singer (1927) 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fisher King (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
When You Were Sweet SixteenSee more »

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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A wonderful biopic about a great entertainer., 18 May 2001
Author: Shapster11

Al Jolson, along with Frank Sinatra, were perhaps the two greatest singer/entertainers of the 20th Century. This film, made in 1946, was both the launching pad and "ball and chain" for Larry Parks. His performance was so good it earned him an Academy Award nomination. He spent countless hours perfecting the Jolson mannerisms and lip-syncing the songs that the great Jolson recorded for the movie. Unfortunately he became so typecast in the role that his reprise of the role in the sequel in 1949 was his only other claim to fame. That, and his admission and subsequent subliminal blacklist from Hollywood for being a member of the Communist Party between 1941-1951, stopped his career before it ever really had a chance to bloom.

My father had me watch this movie as a kid on Million Dollar Movie and I was taken by the personality, drive, energy, and talent of this great entertainer. Hearing about, and seeing, silent movies made me all the more in awe of the talent Jolson must have been since Hollywood banked it's future on talkies with "The Jazz Singer".

Besides Parks excellent performances are also put in by William Demerest, who many of us remember as Uncle Charlie in My Three Sons, Evelyn Keyes as Julie Benson (Jolson's first wife) and the rest of the cast. The 1949 making of Jolson Sings Again is also worthwhile, if for no other reason than watching Parks do the masterful lip-sync and the incredible vocals of Jolson.

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