The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer

Director: Michael Curtiz Cast: Danny Thomas, Peggy Lee, Mildred Dunnock

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The Jazz Singer

This second screen adaptation of the Samson Rafaelson play The Jazz Singer is better than the first, though not as historically important (the early Jazz Singer, it will be recalled, sparked the "talkie revolution" way back in 1927). Danny Thomas assumes the old Al Jolson role as the cantor's son-turned-cabaret entertainer. As Jerry Golding (Thomas) scales the heights of show business, he breaks the heart of his father (Eduard Franz), who'd hoped that Jerry would follow in his footsteps. Sorrowfully, Cantor Golding reads the Kaddish service, indicating that, so far as he is concerned, his son is dead. A tearful reconciliation (and a more upbeat denouement than was found in the original film) occurs when Jerry dutifully returns to sing the "Kol Nidre" in his ailing father's absence. Peggy Lee co-stars as Judy Lane, a musical comedy entertainer who falls in love with Jerry, while Mildred Dunnock and Alex Gerry do what they can with the stereotyped roles of Jerry's mother and uncle, respectively. This 1952 Jazz Singer has its faults, but it is vastly superior to the empty-headed 1980 Neil Diamond/Laurence Olivier remake.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/16/2010
UPC: 0883316234259
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:47:00
Sales rank: 11,250

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Danny Thomas Jerry Golding
Peggy Lee Judy Lane
Mildred Dunnock Mrs. Golding
Eduard Franz Cantor Golding
Tom Tully McGurney
Alex Gerry Uncle Louie
Allyn Joslyn George Miller
Harold Gordon Rabbi Roth
Hal Ross Joseph
Justin Smith Phil Stevens
Anitra Stevens Yvonne
Phil Arnold Actor

Technical Credits
Michael Curtiz Director
Alan Crosland Editor
Frank Davis Screenwriter
Louis Edelman Producer
Carl Guthrie Cinematographer
Ray Heindorf Score Composer
Lewis Meltzer Screenwriter
LeRoy J. Prinz Choreography
Howard Shoup Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Leonard B. Stern Screenwriter

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