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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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Storyline

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
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Company Credits

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

Michael Curtiz originally wanted Doris Day to play the role of Judy Lane. 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 »

Connections

Version of Broadway Television Theatre: The Jazz Singer (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

The Birth of the Blues
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva, Lew Brown and Ray Henderson
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Peggy Lee sings, the rest is mustard
6 September 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Rich looking redo of the legendary Jolson film that revolutionized the film industry ushering sound in and silence out.

The thing is that it was the technology that was the big deal about the film not the story which is pure hokum. However that seems to be something that the studio chose to ignore assuming the name recognition of the title would draw the crowds. The film did okay but it's a cornball exercise from start to finish. The main story was dated in '27 and is certainly no fresher in '52.

Danny Thomas just didn't have the strength of personality to make it on the big screen. Watching him it becomes apparent why he made it on TV and not cinema. He has a nice, likable demeanor, the sort that worked so well for Perry Como and Dinah Shore when they likewise abandoned the big screen for the small, but he doesn't dominate his scenes the way a leading man has to. He does sing well although not nearly well enough to be the rage of New York he's supposed to be.

That master of all genres Michael Curtiz moves the movie along well enough but it's too schmaltzy for him to be able to make it really memorable.

Putting all that aside the best reason to catch the film is the presence of Peggy Lee in the cast. This was her acting debut and while she doesn't have the instantly easy relaxed acting style of Doris Day the role doesn't put big demands on her, she did much better a few years on in Pete Kelly's Blues. It doesn't matter though when she sings which fortunately is often. When she does that all the hokeyness melts away and the viewer is treated to a legend doing what she does best, sing. An extra bonus is that she performs one of her biggest hits, Lover, in an elegant club setting giving you an idea of what it was actually like to see her in person.

Worth catching for Miss Lee but the story is sappy.


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