The Jazz Singer ()

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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.


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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)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Arden ...
Small Part (uncredited)
Ernest Belcher ...
Choreographer - 'April Follies' (uncredited)
Violet Bird ...
Small Part (uncredited)
Levi (uncredited)
Small Part (uncredited)
Buster Billings (uncredited)
Dance Director (uncredited)
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Joseph Green ...
Walk-on (uncredited)
Small Part (uncredited)
Leon Holmes ...
Moey (uncredited)
Agent (uncredited)
Seymour Kupper ...
Small Part (uncredited)
Mary Grace Larsen ...
Small part (uncredited)
Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Host (uncredited)
Margaret Oliver ...
Small Part (uncredited)
Boy Singer (uncredited)
Dillings (uncredited)
Make-Up Man (uncredited)
Carolynne Snowden ...
Backstage Maid (uncredited)
Marie Stapleton ...
Small Part (uncredited)
Doctor (uncredited)
Fred Warren ...
Pianist (uncredited)

Directed by

Alan Crosland

Written by

Samson Raphaelson ... (play)
Alfred A. Cohn ... (adaptation)
Jack Jarmuth ... (titles)
Samson Raphaelson ... (short story "The Day of Atonement") (uncredited)

Produced by

Darryl F. Zanuck ... supervising producer (uncredited)

Music by

Louis Silvers ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

Hal Mohr ... (photography)

Film Editing by

Harold McCord ... (edited by)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Gordon Hollingshead ... assistant director

Sound Department

Gerald W. Alexander ... sound (uncredited)
Harvey Cunningham ... sound engineer (uncredited)
George Groves ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ben Harper ... sound (uncredited)
Nathan Levinson ... sound supervisor (uncredited)
William A. Mueller ... sound technician (uncredited)
William Schwartz ... sound (uncredited)
James V. Swartz ... sound (uncredited)

Special Effects by

Nugent Slaughter ... special effects (uncredited)

Music Department

Louis Silvers ... musical director: Vitaphone Orchestra / musical score directed by
Maurice Amsterdam ... musician (uncredited)
Max Amsterdam ... musician (uncredited)
A. Brain ... musician (uncredited)
A. Briglio ... musician (uncredited)
David Crocov ... musician (uncredited)
P. Finstein ... musician (uncredited)
Bert Fiske ... musician (uncredited)
H. Golub ... musician (uncredited)
O. Hoffman ... musician (uncredited)
F.C. Kendall ... musician (uncredited)
B. Klayzkin ... musician (uncredited)
I. Miccoli ... musician (uncredited)
F. Moritz ... musician (uncredited)
P. Perrier ... musician (uncredited)
J. Pfeiffer ... musician (uncredited)
A. Raimondi ... musician (uncredited)
Edmund Ross ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Morris Stoloff ... musician (uncredited)
Jim Water ... musician (uncredited)

Other crew

Alpharetta ... technician (as 'Alpharetta')
Lewis Geib ... technician
Esdras Hartley ... technician
Fred Jackman ... technician
F.N. Murphy ... technician
Kathryn Scola ... script supervisor
Victor Vance ... technician
Ernest Belcher ... choreographer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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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Additional Details

Also Known As
  • Le chanteur de jazz (France)
  • Der Jazzsänger (Germany)
  • Der Jazzsinger (Germany)
  • El cantante de Jazz (Spain)
  • El cantor de Jazz (Spain)
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  • 88 min
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Budget $422,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

Trivia First feature-length movie with audible dialogue. See more »
Goofs Mary recieves a telegram dated August 8, 1927. Later in the film, Jack is seen writing a letter to Mary, dating it August 7, 1927. See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Okay for Sound (1946). See more »
Soundtracks My Gal Sal See more »
Quotes [opening lines, first quote and first words in the first widely-seen talking picture]
Jack Robin: Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet! Wait a minute, I tell ya! You ain't heard nothin'! You wanna hear "Toot, Toot, Tootsie"? All right, hold on, hold on...
[then he walks back to one of the band members]
Jack Robin: Lou, listen. Play "Toot, Toot, Tootsie", three chorus, you understand. In the third chorus, I whistle. Now give it to 'em hard and heavy, go right ahead.
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