The Jazz Singer

  • 1953
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Musical

The sentimental, tear-jerking story which had blockbusted the talkies in 1927 was revamped and brought back in living color with Thomas in the role of the jazz-singing cantor's son. Thomas returns from the Korean War to his family in Philadelphia. Here he longs for the bright lights of Broadway and argues with father Franz who wants him to take over the...read more

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The sentimental, tear-jerking story which had blockbusted the talkies in 1927 was revamped and brought back in living color with Thomas in the role of the jazz-singing cantor's son. Thomas returns from the Korean War to his family in Philadelphia. Here he longs for the bright lights of

Broadway and argues with father Franz who wants him to take over the role of cantor in their synagogue. Broadway wins out, and Thomas goes on to warble some pleasant tunes with girl friend Lee. Curtiz could do nothing with the mawkish material and just let the sloppy sentiment ooze. The show

numbers are exceptional, as are all the technical credits, including an Oscar nominated score. The film was edited by Alan Crosland, Jr., the son of the man who directed the original film in 1927. Songs include: "Lover" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart), "If I Could Be You" (Henry Creamer, Jimmy

Johnson), "Breezin' Along with the Breeze" (Richard A. Whiting, Seymour Simons, Haven Gillespie), "I'll String Along with You" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren), "Living the Life I Love," "What Are New Yorkers Made Of," "Hush-A-Bye," "Oh Moon," "I Hear the Music Now" (Sammy Fain, Jerry Seelen), "Birth of

the Blues" (B.G. DeSylva, Lew Brown, Ray Henderson), "Just One of Those Things" (Cole Porter), and "This Is a Very Special Day" (Peggy Lee).

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