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The Jazz Singer(1927)

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  • the jazz singer ( al jolson)

    • will ramage
    • 2/8/13

    once, there was bing crosby, judy garland, frank sinatra, elvis presley, jackie wilson, nat king cole,and the list goes on and on. ask any one of them, who was there biggest influence to there careers. al jolson . blackface is dead, rightfully so. it belongs to another age. listen to his songs. ive never heard him use the n.word. he was a gambler at heart and he gambled on an idea, that films should have a voice. and he won hands down. some of his ( so called friends ) and detractors say he was a mean s.o.b. and a cruel man. i say he was a tough man in a very tough , ruthless, show business world. the jazz singer comes to life as soon as al jolson starts to sing. the father son relationship is not old and dated to me. the message rings loud and clear, find away to make peace with those you love. foregive them and you foregive yourself. i thank you al jolson.

  • The Jazz Singer

    • Dashiell B.
    • 2/1/13

    A milestone in filmmaking that shouldn't be only thought of as the first major talking picture. Jolson goes against his orthadox father's wish's to be a singer instead of a cantor; the usual, faulty plot for a musical, and look fast for Myrna Loy. The story also takes a look at the way Jews assimilate themselves into American society, as shown by the plot, which is mostly silent with the expection of songs & bits of dialouge. Good, but no longer great, this should be seen at least once in anyone's lifetime. I give it a 3.5/5.

  • RIVETING!

    • Laura J
    • 2/10/09

    I could not be drawn away from the tv while watching this film. IT was superb and interesting to see how hard it must have been for a first generation American child of old world parents. Also that Judaism was considered a race of people and not a religion back then is just boggling to the mind. Just remarkable all around and a must see.

  • 20th Century Historic Landmark

    • John Lloyd
    • 10/18/07

    I have heard of this movie from historical film books, biographies, even the classic movie SINGING IN THE RAIN. I knew it was only a "partial Soundie" and always wondered how the dialogue was integrated into the film. It was actually quite smooth and fascinating! I never realized that it was NOT the first "sound" picture. The great TCM line-up introduced me to the fact WB made introductory films experimenting in "sound: music and sound effects". I also loved the "far shots" of the unsynched musical numbers. An Essential to any motion picture, 20th Century history buff!THIS NEEDS TO BE ON DVD!!!!!

  • Toot toot tootsie

    • la oj
    • 10/18/07

    Great to have an opportunity to see a restored version of the movie. To tell the truth it is not that great a movie, but it gives one a glimpse at an important time in the advancement of film, and a rare opportunity to see a great entertainer in his prime. The plot is a bit creaky and the technology a bit crude. Yet it is a wonderful chance to see history unfolding.

  • great movie

    • thomas m miskiewicz
    • 10/17/07

    I use to imitate al, when i was a young boy .This was the first time. I actualy saw this movie. thank you TCM.

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