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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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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The 1927 version of movie was referenced in the Gene Kelly classic "Singing In The Rain", however this version was released in the same year. See more »

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They say that he was returning from the Army yet he was wearing an Air Force uniform. See more »

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Remade as The Jazz Singer (1980) See more »

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What are New Yorkers Made Of
Music by Sammy Fain
Lyrics by Jerry Seelen
Sung by Danny Thomas
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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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