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The Jolson Story (1946)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 10 October 1946 (USA)
This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Harry Chandlee (adaptation), Stephen Longstreet (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Larry Parks ... Al Jolson
Evelyn Keyes ... Julie Benson
William Demarest ... Steve Martin
Bill Goodwin ... Tom Baron
Ludwig Donath ... Cantor Yoelson
Scotty Beckett ... Asa Yoelson / Al Jolson, as a boy
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Mrs. Yoelson
Jo-Carroll Dennison ... Ann Murray
John Alexander ... Lew Dockstader
Ernest Cossart ... Father McGee
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Church Choir (as Mitchell 'Boychoir')
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Kellard ... Henry, Orchestra Leader (as Bob Stevens)
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Storyline

This movie shows the idealized career of the singer Al Jolson, a little Jewish boy who goes against the will of his father in order to be in showbiz. He becomes a star, falls in love with a non-Jewish dancer, and marries her. In the end he chooses success on the stage. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Biography | Drama | Music

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al Jolson See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 16, 1948 with Evelyn Keyes reprising her film role. Al Jolson who performed the songs for Larry Parks in the film plays himself in this version of his life story. See more »

Goofs

Julie's shoes change to a different style when she walks out to the balcony after singing "California Here I Come". See more »

Quotes

Al Jolson: I heard some music tonight. Something they call 'jazz.' The fellows just make it up as they go along. They pick it out of the air.
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Connections

Featured in The Lady with the Torch (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Every Little Movement
(uncredited)
Music by Karl Hoschna
Lyrics by Otto A. Harbach
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You Haven't Lived Till You Have Seen It
25 February 2005 | by sturtzSee all my reviews

The best movie ever made about the best entertainer who ever lived.Who else who performed 100 years ago are we still watching.....No One. The songs are the best and Larry Parks contributed immensely to endearing "Jolson" to all future generations. Sit back and turn up the volume and you will feel the electricity and amazing energy of Jolson through Jolson's voice and Parks portrayal. As all Bio's are fictionalized accounts of someones lives, this story is about the music that Jolson brought to millions of fans. My great grandmother born 1885 was the first generation of fans, my 17 month old grandson will become the sixth, his dad, my son plays Jolson every day. The "Greatest Entertainer" lives on.


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