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Jolson Sings Again (1949)

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In this sequel to The Jolson Story, we pick up the singer's career just as he has returned to the stage after a premature retirement. But his wife has left him and the appeal of the ... See full summary »


Henry Levin


Sidney Buchman
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Larry Parks ... Al Jolson / Larry Parks
Barbara Hale ... Ellen Clark
William Demarest ... Steve Martin
Ludwig Donath ... Cantor Yoelson
Bill Goodwin ... Tom Baron
Myron McCormick Myron McCormick ... Ralph Bryant
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Moma Yoelson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Carnay Ray Carnay ... Cantor Yoelson (singing voice)


In this sequel to The Jolson Story, we pick up the singer's career just as he has returned to the stage after a premature retirement. But his wife has left him and the appeal of the spotlight isn't what it used to be. This time Jolson trades in the stage for life in the fast lane: women, horses, travel. It takes the death of Moma Yoelson and World War II to bring Jolson back to earth - and to the stage. Once again teamed with manager Steve Martin, Jolson travels the world entertaining troops everywhere from Alaska to Africa. When he finally collapses from exhaustion it takes young, pretty nurse Ellen Clark to show him there's more to life than "just rushing around". Written by A.L.Beneteau <albl@inforamp.net>

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singer | travel | troops | nurse | manager | See All (39) »


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Official Sites:

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Release Date:

17 August 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Eterna Canção See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60-minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 22, 1950, with Barbara Hale and William Demarest reprising their film roles. Al Jolson, who provides the singing for Larry Parks in the film, plays himself. See more »


The headline "Forced By Weather To Cut Radio Programs" appears first next to a story about Al Jolson going overseas to entertain the troops and then again, several years later, next to an article about Jolson's successful return to show business. See more »


Ellen Clark: [leaving room] My! We'll soon be smart as pigs!
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Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody
Music by Jean Schwartz
Lyrics by Sam Lewis and Joe Young
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Larry Parks (dubbed by Al Jolson)
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Jolson Sings Again-He Could Go on Singing ****
13 December 2007 | by edwagreenSee all my reviews

Wonderful sequel to the 1946 film. Larry Parks, William Demarest and several others repeated their parts from the original.

The film picks up exactly where the original had ended. Disgusted with his life, Jolson (Parks) walks out on his show business career and for several years travels, dabbles with horses and lives a real care-free life.

With the death of his mother, (Tamara Shayne-who really doesn't look or act too Jewish at all), Jolson embarks on a tour for services until illness ends that.

There is a nice performance by Barbara Hale (the future Della Street) as the southern nurse that he marries. Hale has just the right Arkansas twang in her speech to carry it off.

When illness follows him, Jolson withdraws from entertaining fearing that his lung operation has affected his voice. He also feels that no one is really interested in him anymore. Unfortunately, the latter is true.

It is only when his life story is made into a motion picture that he makes a genuine come back.

Parks is absolutely amazing as Jolson. Though Al sang, Parks does a brilliant job of dubbing. His mannerisms are so easily identified as those of Al Jolson.

Ludwig Donath plays Jolson's cantor father. O my, a cantor eating in a non-kosher restaurant. What were the Hollywood writers thinking?

Just hearing Jolson belt out his usual great tunes is great in itself. Entertaining and wonderful to view.

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