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17 August 1949 (USA) See more »
In this sequel to The Jolson Story, we pick up the singer's career just as he has returned to the stage after a premature retirement... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Few Musicals Have Been Nominated for Adapted or Original Screenplay
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Costumer Theoni V. Aldredge Dies at 78
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JOLSON: "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!" See more (14 total) »


  (in credits order)

Larry Parks ... Al Jolson / Larry Parks

Barbara Hale ... Ellen Clark

William Demarest ... Steve Martin
Ludwig Donath ... Cantor Yoelson
Bill Goodwin ... Tom Baron
Myron McCormick ... Ralph Bryant
Tamara Shayne ... Moma Yoelson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Carnay ... Cantor Yoelson (singing voice)
Gertrude Astor ... (uncredited)
Steve Benton ... (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Michael Cisney ... Writer (uncredited)
Dick Cogan ... Soldier (uncredited)

Bing Crosby ... Bing Crosby (voice) (uncredited)
Ben Erway ... Writer (uncredited)
Philip Faulkner Jr. ... Sound Mixer (uncredited)
Martin Garralaga ... Mr. Estrada (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert ... (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... On-Stage Actor (uncredited)
Lars Hensen ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Betty Hill ... (uncredited)
David S. Horsley ... (uncredited)
Louise Illington ... (uncredited)

Al Jolson ... Al Jolson (singing voice) (uncredited)
Robert Emmett Keane ... Charlie (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Theater Manager (uncredited)

Jock Mahoney ... (uncredited)
Eleanor Marvak ... (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... (uncredited)
Helen Mowery ... Script Girl (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Mrs. Bryant (uncredited)
David Newell ... (uncredited)
Charles Perry ... (uncredited)
Wanda Perry ... (uncredited)
Charles Regan ... (uncredited)
Marjorie Stapp ... Nurse (uncredited)
Morris Stoloff ... Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Henry (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry Levin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sidney Buchman  writer

Produced by
Sidney Buchman .... producer
Original Music by
George Duning 
Cinematography by
William E. Snyder  (as William Snyder)
Film Editing by
William A. Lyon  (as William Lyon)
Art Direction by
Walter Holscher 
Set Decoration by
William Kiernan 
Costume Design by
Jean Louis 
Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jack Fier .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Feldman .... assistant director
Sound Department
George Cooper .... sound
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... sound (as Philip Faulkner)
Camera and Electrical Department
Fayte M. Browne .... camera operator (as Fayte Browne)
George Hager .... gaffer
Walter Meins .... grip
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Lawrence W. Butler .... montage
Francis Cugat .... associate color director: Technicolor
Music Department
Saul Chaplin .... music advisor
Larry Russell .... orchestrator
Morris Stoloff .... musical director
Arthur Morton .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Saul Silverman .... singing voice: Ludwig Donath (uncredited)
Other crew
Audrene Brier .... choreographer
Natalie Kalmus .... technicolor color director
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor
Gertrude Bank .... stand-in: Barbara Hale (uncredited)

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96 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Did You Know?

The Jolson signature tune, "Sonny Boy" (music and lyrics by Al Jolson, Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson), introduced in The Singing Fool (1928), had been cut from the release print of The Jolson Story (1946).See more »
Continuity: The headline "Forced By Weather To Cut Radio Programs" appears first next to a story about Al Jolson going overseas to entertain the troops and then again, several years later, next to an article about Jolson's successful return to show business.See more »
Ellen Clark:[leaving room] My! We'll soon be smart as pigs!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fisher King (1991)See more »
Is It True What They Say About Dixie?See more »


Who is the piano player that travels with Jolson (Parks) to entertain the troops? I didn't see a credit for him.
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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
JOLSON: "You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet!", 26 July 2003
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

JOLSON SINGS AGAIN (Columbia, 1949), directed by Henry Levin, is a sequel to the highly successful THE JOLSON STORY (1946), which focuses on the life and times of legendary entertainer, Al Jolson (Larry Parks), continuing where the previous film left off, singing to his heart's content to a night club audience as his wife, Julie (Evelyn Keyes, in a role based on Ruby Keeler), finding that her husband is much happier singing to his audience than being in retirement with her, is seen walking out of the club and his life forever. With the film released three years later, one would have to assume that it had taken Al Jolson nearly three years to finally stop singing and get down to reality that his wife is out of the picture and not ever coming back.

In the opening of this sequel, Jolson (Parks) returns home to find Julie has packed up her bags and is gone for good. He searches for her, only to find that she has divorced him. With the advent of World War II, Jolson returns to show business by entertaining the troops overseas. During this time he finds sadness with the death of first his mother (Tamara Shayne), and later his father (Ludwig Donath). Jolson continues to be a trooper and perform whenever and wherever he's needed, but due to overwork and little rest, he collapses during a performance. He is later nursed back to health by Ellen Clark (played by Barbara Hale, based on Jolson's fourth wife, Erle Galbraith, an X-ray technician), whom he soon marries. In spite of his great showmanship, Jolson faces a setback in his career, receiving no offers and finding himself passed over by a newer generation of singers, like Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra. When Jolson gets a chance to appear in an all-star benefit, his name is not among the many stars listed in the program, thus coming in last to sing one song to a half empty theater. Jolson's song captures the attention of Colonel Ralph Bryant (Myron McCormick), an avid fan who had previously met Jolson during his war tour. Now a movie producer, he stumbles upon an idea in producing a motion picture based on the life of the great Jolson, a big gamble that would soon pay off.

A half hour shorter than its predecessor, JOLSON SINGS AGAIN, at 96 minutes, fails to disappoint when it comes to bringing back many of the old Jolson songs, as before, sung by the real Jolson but lip-sync by Larry Parks. The soundtrack is as follows: "Rockabye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody," "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" "For Me and My Gal," "Kol Nidre" (traditional Jewish prayer); "Back in Your Own Back Yard," "I'm Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover," "When the Red-Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob Bobbin' Along," "Give My Regards to Broadway," "Chinatown My Chinatown," "I'm Just Wild About Harry," "Baby Face," "After You've Gone," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Sonny Boy," "Toot-Toot Tootsie, Goodbye," "California, Here I Come," "California, Here I Come" (reprise); "You Made Me Love You," "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy," "My Blushin' Rosie," "Mammy," "The Spaniard Who Blighted My Life," "California, Here I Come" (reprise); "About a Quarter to Nine," "The Anniversary Song," "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee," "April Showers," "Pretty Baby," "Carolina in the Morning," and "Rockabye Your Baby With a Dixie Nelody" (reprise, finale). As many songs heard in this and the previous Jolson story, it is evident there are more songs to go around that never made it to the final print.

Other than William Demarest and Bill Goodwin reprising their roles as Steve Martin and Tom Baron, the supporting players include: Robert Emmett Keane, Eric Wilton, Martin Garralaga and Larry Parks. Yes, Larry Parks! Parks is the star in this production playing Al Jolson, but he also appears as himself during the Hollywood sequence where Jolson meets Larry Parks prior to the production of THE JOLSON STORY. Barbara Hale as Jolson's new and younger wife, is extremely likable. Unlike the Julie character, Hale's Ellen doesn't have a hold on her husband and agrees to let him do what he is put on Earth to do, and is to live up to his reputation as "the world's greatest entertainer."

While some may argue that JOLSON SINGS AGAIN to be an unnecessary sequel, but in fact, is a worthy follow-up. Since the earlier film found Jolson's wife leaving him during a performance, the question remains as to what becomes of Jolson afterwards. JOLSON SINGS AGAIN explains it, tracing his up and down career during the war years of the 1940s, and centers on a harsh reality as to how even the most popular of entertainers can no longer be wanted and soon forgotten by the industry. Jolson happened to be one of the fortunate ones to have achieved his greatest comeback. While many bio-pics of the day focus on the subject matter already deceased, the Jolson movies are rare cases where the central character is very much living. The real Jolson died in 1950, so chances for a third Jolson story was unlikely. As for Larry Parks, the other films in which he starred had failed to become as memorable as his two Jolsons. His career suffered a setback during the early 1950s during the McCarthy-ism era.

THE JOLSON STORY and JOLSON SINGS AGAIN make worthy double bills whenever shown on Turner Classic Movies (TCM premiere: December 13, 2007). While both films have turned up on both home video and DVD, it's JOLSON SINGS AGAIN that has lacked frequent television exposure in recent years. As sequels go, JOLSON SINGS AGAIN is as good as it gets. And with Technicolor, it's an added plus. (***1/2)

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