The Jolson Story (1946)


“I heard some music tonight. Something they call ‘jazz.’ The fellows just make it up as they go along. They pick it out of the air. ” – Al Jolson

Number of Times Seen – 1 (11 Jun 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of famed Broadway and Hollywood star Al Jolson who fell in love with show business as a boy and never let go.

My Take on it – Anyone who knows anything about film history knows that Al Jolson was the actor/singer who starred in the very first film with sound back in 1927.

But what was his life like both before and after that event?

This is a film that tells us just that.

Larry parks is superb in the lead role and he does a wonderful job portraying the persona of a man who became the voice in the film The Jazz Singer (1927).

This film shows how much his character loves what he does and was always willing to keep going for as long as he could both on and off the stage.

It’s so easy to feel how much his character wants to just make people happy even at his own expense and at the same time we can see how painful it can be on him when he wasn’t entertaining like he always wanted.

The music of this film is great and we get to hear some of Jolson famous and lesser known songs all at once.

The story remains inspirational throughout and its easy to see the message about finding what you love to do and keep doing it for as long as you can because it will never feel like work.

Bottom Line – Parks is superb in the lead role and is able to give us the persona of a man who became the voice of the first “talkie” musical. The way that this film shows a character who loves what he does and can never get enough of it is amazing and it’s easy to feel that the character never wants to stop entertaining people as much as he can. Great music and a very inspirational story about finding what you love and trying to keep doing it for as long as you can. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Jolson attends the premiere of The Jazz Singer (1927) we hear the soundtrack, but Warner Bros. – which owned the rights to “The Jazz Singer” – would not permit a visual clip to shown in this film, which was made by Columbia. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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3 thoughts on “The Jolson Story (1946)

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