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Jazz Singer, The: Deluxe Edition (DVD)
Generally considered the first sound feature, this 1927 film is pretty much silent except for a few lines of dialogue and Al Jolson's songs. The story finds Jolson playing the son of a cantor who wants him to follow in his footsteps, but the singer prefers secular music. Except for its historical value, the film isn't all that interesting, though it is great to get a sense of why people considered Jolson to be a hugely exciting entertainer at the time. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
my Mum mentioned she wanted to see this 1927 classic so I was fortunate to find it. She loves it. 87 years old and knows the words of the songs like she was there (she was born the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by P. Johnson
The Jazz Singer(released Oct/27)was not the first film with sound,but it had an unprecedented amalgam of elements from films that had come before,making it a first of its kind. Read morePublished on July 14 2012 by Robert Badgley
What lady watching could keep a dry eye at the end when Jack Robin sings Mammy with his own mother proudly watching in the audience? Absolutely moving. Read morePublished on May 20 2004
"The Jazz Singer" will forever be remembered as being the first Hollywood movie to make the transition from the silent era. Read morePublished on June 14 2003 by The Movie Critic
I saw the Danny Thomas version of The Jazz Singer when it came out about 50 years ago; forgot the plot. Never got to see Neil Diamond's in full. Then I saw Al Jolson. Read morePublished on July 26 2002
Rather than follow in his father's footsteps, a Jewish cantor's son runs away from home to become a jazz singer; many years later he returns to New York to star in a Broadway show... Read morePublished on May 22 2002 by Gary F. Taylor
The Jazz Singer, generally called the first talkie is still mostly silent, except for a few songs and a rather lengthy, for the time, dialogue sequence. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2000 by lab tech
A cantor's son decides to become a singer of popular songs in speakeasies during the "Roaring Twenties". Read morePublished on May 16 2000 by "scotsladdie"