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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 film from a different world See more (47 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)
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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)
Saul Silverman .... singing voice: Ludwig Donath (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:
Danny Thomas and Dennis Day were considered for the role of Al Jolson.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: Mama Yoelson was already dead at the time Al became a star.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
California, Here I ComeSee more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
A film from a different world, 2 November 2003
Author: aciolino from United States

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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