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The Jazz Singer (1952)

Jerry dreams to become a famous jazz singer. But in order to accomplish that, he must defy his father, a Jewish Cantor, who is opposed to such dream as a future for his son.

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Cantor David Golding
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Mrs. Ruth Golding
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Uncle Louie
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George Miller
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Dan McGurney
Harold Gordon ...
Rabbi Roth
Hal Ross ...
Joseph
Justin Smith ...
Phil Stevens
Anitra Stevens ...
Yvonne
Marcoreta Hellman ...
Mrs. Robbins
Gayne Whitman ...
Mr. Eskow
Anthony Jochim ...
Mr. Michton
Dan Barton ...
Ray Mullins
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Jerry dreams to become a famous jazz singer. But in order to accomplish that, he must defy his father, a Jewish Cantor, who is opposed to such dream as a future for his son.

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It's joy set to music. A story that sings out to your heart.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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14 February 1953 (USA)  »

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El cantante de Jazz  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film opened in London's West End in December 1953, but played for only one week. It did not go on general release in the UK until one year later, in December 1954 on a double bill with Riding Shotgun. See more »

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Catwalks, lights and other equipment rigged to the roof of the sound stage are clearly visible during a shot of an audience supposedly sitting in a real theater. See more »

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Version of Broadway Television Theatre: The Jazz Singer (1952) See more »

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This Is a Very Special Day
Written by Peggy Lee
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Jazz Singer as comedy
30 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is the second version of the much-filmed tale of the Jewish boy who wants to sing modern music, rather than becoming a cantor in the synagogue. This time, the character is called Jerry Golding and is played by Danny Thomas, a second-string singer and comedian of the fifties, perhaps best known for his TV series.

The story itself is sparse, but Thomas gets a chance to put across some swing numbers (one or two in the company of his lady friend Judy Lane, played by the sparky Peggy Lee, in a role originally planned for Doris Day). As Golding's parents, Eduard Franz and Mildred Dunnock give good value as they struggle to understand the culture clash which has seen their son look for fame as a popular crooner.

A minor film, and one not helped by the humorous approach (perhaps to accommodate Thomas's particular style). But, this version of 'The Jazz Singer' is as good a way as any to spend a Sunday afternoon.


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