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The Jazz Singer (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Music, Romance | 14 February 1953 (USA)
Jerry dreams of becoming a famous jazz singer, but to accomplish that, he must defy his father, a Jewish Cantor who opposes such a dream as a future for a son of his.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Frank Davis (screenplay), Leonard Stern (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Danny Thomas ... Jerry Golding
Peggy Lee ... Judy Lane
Eduard Franz ... Cantor David Golding
Mildred Dunnock ... Mrs. Ruth Golding
Alex Gerry ... Uncle Louie
Allyn Joslyn ... George Miller
Tom Tully ... Dan McGurney
Harold Gordon Harold Gordon ... Rabbi Roth
Hal Ross Hal Ross ... Joseph
Justin Smith ... Phil Stevens
Anitra Stevens Anitra Stevens ... Yvonne
Marcoreta Hellman Marcoreta Hellman ... Mrs. Robbins
Gayne Whitman ... Mr. Eskow
Anthony Jochim ... Mr. Michton
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Ray Mullins
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Storyline

Jerry dreams of becoming a famous jazz singer, but to accomplish that, he must defy his father, a Jewish Cantor who opposes such a dream as a future for a son of his.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's joy set to music. A story that sings out to your heart. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Trivia

The 1927 version of movie was referenced in the Gene Kelly classic "Singing In The Rain", however this version was released in the same year. See more »

Goofs

Catwalks, lights and other equipment rigged to the roof of the sound stage are clearly visible during a shot of an audience supposedly sitting in a real theater. See more »

Connections

Remade as The Jazz Singer (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Just One of Those Things
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Peggy Lee
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Oy Vey!
11 September 2011 | by fwdixonSee all my reviews

Oy gevalt! What a disaster! Danny Thomas croons (badly), Danny Thomas tells jokes (badly) that are so corny and ancient Al Jolson would have been embarrassed to crack them, Danny Thomas emotes (badly, almost laughably). Opening scene had me wondering what all those goyim were doing in the temple! Peggy Lee was entertaining and a standout in this otherwise dreary film. The supporting cast were more-or-less adequate, with the mother and father characters well cast. Look for character actor William Schallert in a bit part, along with some other familiar faces. The Technicolor photography was superb. Watch all the scenes taking place in clubs across the nation and you'll notice that Danny and Peggy are using the exact same microphone in each one! My advice - stick with Jolie's groundbreaking original.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Jazz Singer See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$4,360,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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