Film 231 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1927’s “The Jazz Singer”. Based on Samson Raphaelson’s play “The Day of Atonement”, this Alan Crosland music drama is about Jakie Rabinowitz (Al Jolson) , a young man who defies the traditions of his devout Jewish family and becomes a talented jazz singer named Jack Robin. This is the first ever film to feature talking…. Well… Kind of. You see, they only have talking during scenes where there is singing. I was unaware of this so this threw me off guard. An interesting way to introduce sound but I would have prefered it to have sound throughout. That’s just my opinion. Overall, the film was alright to watch but nothing special. If there’s anything I will remember about the film, it would have to be Blackface. Back then, I’m assuming it meant something different to what it does now. Fun Fact of the Film – George Jessel, star of the stage version, was offered the lead in the film but refused over a pay dispute. If you have seen this film then let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1927’s “The Jazz Singer”
Year – 1927
Director – Alan Crosland
Written by – Alfred A Cohn, Jack Jarmuth
Based On – “The Day of Atonement” by Samson Raphaelson
Staring – Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland
IMDb Rating – 6.9/10
My Rating – 3.5/10
Length – 76 min (1h 16min)
Genre – Drama, Music, Musical
We start in a New york ghetto
Jakie’s parent chat about their son who has to sing and say he must be a cantor
That is a very foamy beer
Someone runs to Jakie’s parents after seeing Jakie perform at a bar
So… They only used talking for the singing parts?!?
Excuse me, I need to change hats before leaving the house
And Jakie has left the building
So… Papa isn’t happy about his son singing and whips Jakie
Pretty sure putting lit candles in a wooden box isn’t safe
Jakie decides to leave this parents
Papa explains to everyone at a Synagogue that Jakie has left him
While they’re away, I’ll return home and steal a photo of Mama
Years later and 3000 miles from home at Coffee Dans, Jakie is a jazz singer
Time for ‘Dirty Hands, Dirty Faces’ – I think it’s the other way around
Now I can go back to my omlette
Maybe not as Mary Dale wants to chat with me
Meanwhile, Papa has a new child to make sing beside him at the Synagogue
Jakie wrote Mama a letter
$250 a week!!!
They spelt theatre wrong
Papa reads the letter and says they have no son
I think we’re in Chicago now at a cabarat show
Mary’s been offered the lead in Chicago
So… Are Jakie and Mary in love?
Was is a requirement for men in the 20’s to wear a suit/tuxedo?
Jakie decides to visit a cantor
Some woman gets mad about Jakie possibly replacing her
I’ve been cancelled?!?
Jakie gets told he’s been offered a job on Broadway in New York
Thanks for the chicken and wine person who we still don’t know
The man leaves and finds Jakie
30 minutes and I now know the old man’s name – It’s Yudleson
Jakie returns home to find Mama in the kitchen
Wait… that photo of me as a kid… You replaced it with a painting of a tree
“It fell and it broke” – BULLSHIT!!!
Papa returns home and still hates Jakie for singing jazz
Wait… It’s Papa’s birthday?!
Jakie got Papa a new prayer shawl and tells him about working Broadway
Papa still hates him so Jakie leaves
Time for rehersals
If this doesn’t work with Jakie, we can all blame Mary
After lots of arguements with producers and Papa, Jakie sings on Broadway
Mama and Yudleson are in the crowd
Oh no…. BLACKFACE!!!!!!
Jakie returns home to see Papa who is ill
Looks like Papa loves his son again
A producer finds Jakie and tells him off for skipping rehersals
Sing at the cantor or sing on Broadway? Can’t I do both?
Jakie decides to do both and brings Mary and the producer with him
Time for one last song with Blackface at The Winter Gardens