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The Jazz Singer

  NR HD Closed Captioning

Alan Crosland

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Plot Summary

The movie that broke the sound barrier! Vaudeville crooner Al Jolson stars as a Jewish cantor's son who goes against his family's traditions to make it in show business. The first successful sound feature heralded the end of silent films. Co-starring William Demerest (Uncle Charley of TV's "My Three Sons"). Look for a young Myrna Loy ("The Thin Man"). Received an Oscar nod for Best Adapted Screenplay and features a collection of oldies ("My Mammy," "Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye"). Recently selected as one of the top 100 American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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73%
  • Reviews Counted: 26
  • Fresh: 19
  • Rotten: 7
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The Vitaphoned songs and some dialogue have been introduced most adroitly. – Mordaunt Hall, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: In cities where the Vitaphone can be installed and reproduce his voice this picture will eminently repay attendance. – TIME Magazine, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Undoubtedly the best thing Vitaphone has ever put on the screen. – Variety Staff, Variety, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: It's ragged and dull until the magical moment when Jolson turns to the camera to announce, 'You ain't heard nothin' yet' -- a line so loaded with unconscious irony that it still raises a few goose bumps. – Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The Jazz Singer

This film is a classicthat reflects it's time, giving it historical significance. In describing the life and struggles of a member of a minority group, it has even greater historical significance.

Eth101

This movie did not break the sound barrier but still an awesome movie

Dated, but historically significant

"The Jazz Singer" is the first feature-length motion picture with several synchronized dialogue and song sequences. Its release heralded the commercial ascendance of the "talkies" and the decline of the silent film era. The sound was achieved with Warner Bros. Vitaphone sound-on-recorded disc system. It would be 1928 before the first "All-Talking" pictures would appear in theaters.

Popular stage entertainer Al Jolson was cast as Jack Robin a Jewish Cantor's son who decides to break religious tradition to sing pop music in nightclubs — a Jazz singer. This causes much consternation with his stern father.
Jolson was already a star "The Jazz Singer" made him an instant entertainment legend.

Filmed in 1927, "The Jazz Singer" might seem severely dated for today's audiences, but if you're a film buff it's an interesting film that defines an era in U.S. history (the immigrant experience and the emergence of the Jazz Era) This is the moment when silent movies suddenly became obsolete to the new technology and Hollywood changed forever. Only Charlie Chaplin would continue to make successful silent films up until 1940.

Like the film "A Star is Born," the popularity of the storyline prompted Hollywood to remake "The Jazz Singer" several times: in 1952 starring Danny Thomas, a "newly-discovered" 1959 made-for-TV version featuring Jerry Lewis and the 1980 Neil Diamond remake.

The Jazz Singer
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  • $17.99
  • Genre: Musicals
  • Released: 1927

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