The Jazz Singer

Title

The Jazz Singer

Genre

Drama/Musical

Year Made

1927

Stars

Al Jolson--May McAvoy

Director

Alan Crosland

Setting

New York

Awards

1929 Oscars

Nominated

Best Effects

Nominated

Best Writing

Special Info

First Talkie. All films before this were silent.

Plot

Jackie Robinowitz runs away from home after his father tries to force him to become a cantor like himself. Jackie wanted to become a jazz singer instead, which his father considered an evil form of music. Jackie changes his name to Jack Robin, and tours the country singing jazz. He manages to keep in touch with his mother, falls in love, and gets a chance to sing on Broadway. When he goes back home, his father kicks him out again, and then becomes very ill. Jack is then forced to choose between his father's dying wish that he sing for a religious holiday, or the Broadway show's opening night.


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