Jazz Singer, The*

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Jazz Singer, The*

  • 1927 ----- b & w ----- 88 min ----- vhs
  • (Directed by Alan Crosland; screenplay by Jack Jarmuth based on the play Day of Atonement by Samson Raphaelson; with Al Jolson, May Mcavoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer) Jake Rabinowitz, son of a Jewish Cantor, runs away from home and becomes jazz singer, Jack Robin. He has a huge success, but when his father dies, he gives up his chances on Broadway and takes over the duties of the cantor at the synagogue. But the story is hardly what makes this film important. This is the first sound feature film! Basically a silent film, a musical soundtrack was added; then the musical numbers by Jolson and finally several dialogue sequences. It may very well have the most famous single line in all of film when Jolson, introducing his first song, says "You ain't heard nothing yet!" [Funded by the Department of Comparative Literature] (Restricted to use on University of Washington campuses only)
  • Topics: (History: American, Jewish Studies, Literature: American, Motion Pictures: Features, Motion Pictures: History, Music)