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The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 6 October 1927 (USA)
The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Jakie Rabinowitz
... Mary Dale
... The Cantor
... Sara Rabinowitz
... Moisha Yudelson
Robert Gordon ... Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13 (as Bobby Gordon)
... Harry Lee
Yossele Rosenblatt ... Cantor Rosenblatt - Concert Recital (as Cantor Joseff Rosenblatt)
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Storyline

Cantor Rabinowitz is concerned and upset because his son Jakie shows so little interest in carrying on the family's traditions and heritage. For five generations, men in the family have been cantors in the synagogue, but Jakie is more interested in jazz and ragtime music. One day, they have such a bitter argument that Jakie leaves home for good. After a few years on his own, now calling himself Jack Robin, he gets an important opportunity through the help of well-known stage performer Mary Dale. But Jakie finds that in order to balance his career, his relationship with Mary, and his memories of his family, he will be forced to make some difficult choices. Written by Snow Leopard

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6 October 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Jazzsänger  »

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Budget:

$422,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,630,000
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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The world premiere was at the Tower Theater in Los Angeles. See more »

Goofs

The saloon pianist's cigarette behind his ear disappears and re-appears between shots. See more »

Quotes

Mary Dale: [Listening to Jakie cantoring at Yom Kippur services after the death of his father] A jazz singer...singing to his God!
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Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Mouth 2 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

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Traditional
Sung by Warner Oland (dubbed by Joseph Diskay)
Also sung later by Al Jolson
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More Than Just A 'Curiosity Piece'
5 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

An historic film, billed as "the first talkie," this was a surprise because many of the lines are not verbalized, only when Al Jolson sings or just before or just after his songs. Otherwise, most of it is still a silent film with the words shown on the screen as in the other silent films.

This is a powerful story with interesting characters and good songs, to boot. It was different to see Warner Oland as somebody else besides Charlie Chan. He played Jolson's father and I never would have recognized him had I not read the credits. Nor would I have recognized William Demarest.

Jolson, however, is the man who dominates the film. Some of this songs wound up being classics, ones played for years and years, such as "Toot, Toot Toosie" and "Mammy."

Faced with a very tough decision on what to do with his life, Jolson's character does the right thing in the end, which was nice to see. Overall, it's entertaining.


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