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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Music...The Magic...The Times...of America's Greatest Entertainer

Genres:

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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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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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

In the long shot of Jolson performing on the "runway", Al Jolson played himself, his only appearance in the film. See more »

Goofs

The same audience shot is used at two different theater venues. See more »

Quotes

Al Jolson: ...trying to make songs out of music I picked up. Music nobody ever heard of before, but the only kind I want to sing.
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Connections

References The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

My Mammy
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Sung by Larry Parks (dubbed by Al Jolson)
Originally from the Broadway musical "Sinbad", 1918
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a corny old musical that works its magic after all these years
27 April 2004 | by toonnnnnSee all my reviews

I have just watched the Jolson story on dvd and it is great, the music is fresh and the technicolor is fantastic.The story is loosely based on Jolsons life, though I think if your after a serious study of his career you should visit your libary and read up on his life.The acting is top notch, William Demarest is excellent as the Steve Martin a mentor to Jolson as he grows up then a manager of his career.I also like the performances of mama and the kantor.The Julie Benson charactor is supposed to be Ruby Keeler, they are the perfect couple but show business is the drug that Al Jolson is addicted to, and that eats into their relationship.The energy of this movie is tremendous it stays with you for hours the melodys linger in your head, its life affirming.The beauty of this dvd is that the sequel is also on the dvd so I will be watching that soon.Marks out of ten /9.5


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