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A Plantation Act (1926)

Dressed in overalls and wearing black-face makeup, Jolson sings three of his hit songs. For the complete list, follow the soundtrack link.

Director:

Philip Roscoe (uncredited)

Star:

Al Jolson
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Al Jolson ... Himself
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Dressed in overalls and wearing black-face makeup, Jolson sings three of his hit songs. For the complete list, follow the soundtrack link.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al Jolson in 'A Plantation Act' See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone)

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1.33 : 1
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Appears as an extra on The Jazz Singer DVD. See more »


Soundtracks

When the Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
(uncredited)
Written by Harry M. Woods
Performed by Al Jolson
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An amazing early sound film
22 January 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This short consists of Al Jolson standing in front of a set designed to look like a plantation home of a slave--and not surprisingly, he performs in black-face. It's on a stage, but I was impressed by the amount of detail on the set, as the background painting was great, the cabin looked real and a live chicken walked about as Jolson sang.

It begins with the song "When the Red, Red Robin comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin Along" and is followed by "April Showers" and "Rockabye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody". Between each song Jolson talks a bit and introduces the songs.

While people no doubt will be aghast at a minstrel show, it was a widely accepted sort of performance at the time and people just didn't think or care about how harmful such a stereotypical performance could be. It was a product of the times and can't be completely ignored just because it makes people uncomfortable--especially since this is such a super-important film to our film history. This is especially true since this short pre-dates Jolson's performance in the seminal film "The Jazz Singer".

Technically speaking this is an amazing film. It has exceptionally good sound for such an early film, gorgeous sets and wonderful cinematography and is a must for anyone who considers themselves to be a cinephile.

This film, by the way, was included on the first of three disks with the DVD release of "The Jazz Singer"--a marvelous collection of early talkies as well as documentaries.


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