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The Jazz Singer (1952)

Jerry dreams to become a famous jazz singer. But in order to accomplish that, he must defy his father, a Jewish Cantor, who is opposed to such dream as a future for his son.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Frank Davis (screenplay), Leonard Stern (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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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 Justin Smith ... Phil Stevens
Anitra Stevens Anitra Stevens ... Yvonne
Marcoreta Hellman Marcoreta Hellman ... Mrs. Robbins
Gayne Whitman ... Mr. Eskow
Anthony Jochim Anthony Jochim ... Mr. Michton
Dan Barton Dan Barton ... Ray Mullins
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Storyline

Jerry dreams to become a famous jazz singer. But in order to accomplish that, he must defy his father, a Jewish Cantor, who is opposed to such dream as a future for his son.

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

Genres:

Drama | Music | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El cantante de Jazz 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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Trivia

Michael Curtiz originally wanted Doris Day to play the role of Judy Lane. See more »

Goofs

They say that he was returning from the Army yet he was wearing an Air Force uniform. See more »

Connections

Version of The Jazz Singer (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

Breezin' Along With the Breeze
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Seymour Simons and Haven Gillespie
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Great update of 1927 original. With the exception of Peggy Lee all principals were perfectly cast. Great story, great plot.
12 November 2010 | by harveytkSee all my reviews

I saw this film back when it opened in the very early 50's at , I think,The Brooklyn Museum with my aunt and cousin. I must have been 6-7 years old at the time, and to this day I have never forgotten the film. I particularly remember Danny Thomas singing wonderfully in the film and was very taken with not only his performance of Jerry Golding but also of Eduard Franz who played his father. Wonderful remake of Jolson's original version which opened almost 20 years before I was born. I have always been a huge Jolson fan since I was a small boy, and I wonder if this film did not reinforce that. Sorry it is rarely shown on any Cable network. I have the original soundtrack and listen to it all the time. Great songs, great story, great acting, great film! By the way, I did not like the 1980 version at all.

The story of a Korean war veteran returning home to start a new life as an entertainer instead of taking over the reins of succeeding his father as a Cantor was, I think, very relevant for that time and I think was depicted beautifully. Glad the plot had Mr. Franz recovering from his illness to enjoy his son's success at the end of the film. Nice touch!


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