Jolson Sings Again

  • 1949
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Musical

After the success of 1946's THE JOLSON STORY, Columbia executives quickly rushed a follow-up into production, though it took almost three years for JOLSON SINGS AGAIN to be completed. Once again, the music makes the film, a wall-to-wall tunefest with many of the same songs contained in the original. Larry Parks (reprising his role in the 1946 film, as...read more

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After the success of 1946's THE JOLSON STORY, Columbia executives quickly rushed a follow-up into production, though it took almost three years for JOLSON SINGS AGAIN to be completed. Once again, the music makes the film, a wall-to-wall tunefest with many of the same songs contained in the

original.

Larry Parks (reprising his role in the 1946 film, as do many in the cast) is excellent again as Jolson, who, as the film opens, is performing in a nightclub while his long-suffering wife walks out on him. Next comes WWII and a USO tour for the "boys in uniform," as a result of which Jolson

contracts a lung ailment in Africa. In the hospital, he meets nurse Ellen Clark (Barbara Hale), whom he falls in love with and later marries. The rest of JOLSON SINGS AGAIN is principally concerned with the making of THE JOLSON STORY--including the hiring of Parks (who thus plays both himself and

Jolson in one double-exposure sequence) for the lead--giving the film a memorable moment as a curio.

As in the opener, the less attractive elements of Jolson's personality are ignored in favor of his talents--manifest in the many tunes, in which the great Jolson himself dubs Parks' singing voice--although some attention is paid to his financial extravagance and his difficulty in adjusting to

decreasing fame after a lifetime of top billing.

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