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The Jazz Singer (1927)

Unrated | | Drama, Music, Musical | 6 October 1927 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Alan Crosland

Writers:

Samson Raphaelson (play), Alfred A. Cohn (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 3 wins. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Al Jolson ... Jakie Rabinowitz
May McAvoy ... Mary Dale
Warner Oland ... The Cantor
Eugenie Besserer ... Sara Rabinowitz
Otto Lederer ... Moisha Yudelson
Robert Gordon Robert Gordon ... Jakie Rabinowitz - Age 13 (as Bobby Gordon)
Richard Tucker ... Harry Lee
Yossele Rosenblatt 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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Trivia

Although the first film to have synchronized audio and speech, much of the film is still presented using title cards, most likely due to sound disks lacking enough memory to show the entire film with sound. During the original release, many cinemas showed it as a fully silent film, due to not having the equipment for the Vitaphone Sound Disk System. See more »

Goofs

In his dressing room before rehearsal, Jack puts on a suit with short lapels and three buttons. But he performs on stage in a jacket with longer lapels and two buttons. Also, a breast pocket handkerchief appears and disappears both on stage and off. See more »

Quotes

Harry Lee: I hope this 'discovery' of yours, Mary, is as good as you *think* he is.
Mary Dale: Don't worry about him. If it's music - he can sing it.
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Soundtracks

Kaddish
(uncredited)
Traditional
Sung by Yossele Rosenblatt
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uh, what?
30 May 2004 | by aciolinoSee all my reviews

There are so many stupid comments expressed in the reviews of this film that it boggles the mind. This film, good or bad, is not about race, racism, attitudes towards black Americans, nor is the character in the film a "minstrel." Holy cow, did anybody actually SEE THE MOVIE? Does anyone know who Al Jolson was and what he accomplished? what he stood for regarding black Americans? what blackface meant in 1920?

Good Lord. Such myopic political correctness distorts history, reality, and finds fault where there is none. The Amsterdam News, the leading newspaper of Harlem in the 20's lauded Jolson's performance as one "every black man should be proud of." Attitudes, beliefs, values CHANGE OVER TIME...HELLOOOO!!! The fact that Jolson wore blackface says NOTHING about his, the audiences, the producers, actors, or, song writers atttituds toward race. How dumb have we become?

People under the age of five should NOT be allowed to post opinions on this forum.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Jazzsänger See more »

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Budget:

$422,000 (estimated)
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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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