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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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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.

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Drama | Music | Romance

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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, 31 December 1952
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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

The film opened in London's West End in December 1953, but played for only one week. It did not go on general release in the UK until one year later, in December 1954 on a double bill with Riding Shotgun. See more »

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

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Referenced in Make Room for Daddy: Linda, the Performer (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll String Along with You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Danny Thomas
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Jazz Singer as comedy
30 January 2005 | by didi-5See all my reviews

This is the second version of the much-filmed tale of the Jewish boy who wants to sing modern music, rather than becoming a cantor in the synagogue. This time, the character is called Jerry Golding and is played by Danny Thomas, a second-string singer and comedian of the fifties, perhaps best known for his TV series.

The story itself is sparse, but Thomas gets a chance to put across some swing numbers (one or two in the company of his lady friend Judy Lane, played by the sparky Peggy Lee, in a role originally planned for Doris Day). As Golding's parents, Eduard Franz and Mildred Dunnock give good value as they struggle to understand the culture clash which has seen their son look for fame as a popular crooner.

A minor film, and one not helped by the humorous approach (perhaps to accommodate Thomas's particular style). But, this version of 'The Jazz Singer' is as good a way as any to spend a Sunday afternoon.


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