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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 »

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Al Jolson
... Julie Benson
... Steve Martin
... Tom Baron
... Cantor Yoelson
... Asa Yoelson / Al Jolson, as a boy
Tamara Shayne ... Mrs. Yoelson
... Ann Murray
... Lew Dockstader
... Father McGee
The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir ... Church Choir (as Mitchell 'Boychoir')
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... 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

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10 October 1946 (USA)  »

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Al Jolson  »

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Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)
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| (re-release)

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lew Dockstader and Oscar Hammerstein did not discover Al Jolson. By the time Dockstader signed Jolson in 1908, Jolson had been performing in vaudeville with his brother Harry for several years. 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: Broadway? What a street! You know something, baby? It belongs to me. You know something else? If you want, I'll give it to you.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

California, Here I Come
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph Meyer
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva and Al Jolson
Sung by Larry Parks (dubbed by Al Jolson), Evelyn Keyes (dubbed by Virginia Rees)
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Enjoyable!
17 May 2003 | by See all my reviews

I was 20years old when this film came out, and Jolson voice was so well known even before, that it was such a big thrill to see his biography on film. Larry Parks was typecast from the very beginning, playing Al Jolson. He was a fine actor but got involved with communism politics of the McCarthy Hearings and was dropped by the studios in 1950. Evelyn Keyes (of Gone With the Wind fame) plays Mrs Jolson, and William Demarest plays Jolson's mentor. Ludwig Donath plays his father the Cantor while Tamara Shayne plays his mother. His father wanted him to be a cantor, but Jolson wanted to sing on stage, so he runs away at an early age. He takes up with a fidler on the stage played by William Demarest. It is true that Jolson was such an egotist and loved singing so much that it broke up his marriage. Wonderful scoring of the music, and photography is enchanting. If you like the old songs, especially Jolson's, don't miss it! 8/10


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