The Jazz Singer

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The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical drama film directed by Alan Crosland.wikipedia
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The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical drama film directed by Alan Crosland.
The Jazz Singer, released in 1927 by Warner Brothers, was the first to include an audio track including non-diegetic music and diegetic music, but it had only a short sequence of spoken dialogue.

Sound film

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The first feature-length motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and ended the silent film era.
The first feature film originally presented as a talkie was The Jazz Singer, released in October 1927.

Silent film

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The first feature-length motion picture with not only a synchronized recorded music score but also lip-synchronous singing and speech in several isolated sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of sound films and ended the silent film era.
Early sound films, starting with The Jazz Singer in 1927, were variously referred to as the "talkies," "sound films," or "talking pictures."

Al Jolson

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Produced by Warner Bros. with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the film, featuring six songs performed by Al Jolson, is based on the play of the same name by Samson Raphaelson, adapted from one of his short stories titled "The Day of Atonement".
Although best remembered today as the star of the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer (1927), he starred in a series of successful musical films during the 1930s.

Warner Bros.

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Produced by Warner Bros. with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the film, featuring six songs performed by Al Jolson, is based on the play of the same name by Samson Raphaelson, adapted from one of his short stories titled "The Day of Atonement".
As a result of their financial problems, Warner Bros. took the next step and released The Jazz Singer starring Al Jolson.

Vitaphone

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Produced by Warner Bros. with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the film, featuring six songs performed by Al Jolson, is based on the play of the same name by Samson Raphaelson, adapted from one of his short stories titled "The Day of Atonement".
Many early talkies, such as The Jazz Singer (1927), used the Vitaphone system.

Academy Honorary Award

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Darryl F. Zanuck won an Honorary Academy Award for producing the film; Alfred A.

Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay

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Best Writing (Adaptation) at the 1st Academy Awards.

The Jazz Singer (play)

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Produced by Warner Bros. with its Vitaphone sound-on-disc system, the film, featuring six songs performed by Al Jolson, is based on the play of the same name by Samson Raphaelson, adapted from one of his short stories titled "The Day of Atonement".
A highly influential movie adaptation was released in 1927.

Alan Crosland

The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical drama film directed by Alan Crosland.
He was chosen to direct Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (1927).

May McAvoy

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Some of her major roles are Laura Pennington in The Enchanted Cottage, Esther in Ben-Hur, and Mary Dale in The Jazz Singer.

Otto Lederer

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He appeared in 120 films between 1912 and 1933, most notably The Jazz Singer, the first full-length film to have sound sequences, and the Laurel and Hardy short You're Darn Tootin'.

Warner Oland

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Over the next 15 years, he appeared in more than 30 films, including a major role in The Jazz Singer (1927), one of the first talkies produced.

My Mammy

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Jack, in blackface, performs the song "My Mammy" for her and for the world.
Jolson recorded this song twice and performed it in films, including The Jazz Singer (1927), The Singing Fool (1928) and Rose of Washington Square (1939).

Blue Skies (Irving Berlin song)

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"Blue Skies" (music and lyrics by Irving Berlin; sung by Al Jolson)
That same year, it became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie, when Al Jolson performed it in The Jazz Singer.

Richard Tucker (actor)

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The Jazz Singer (1927) - Harry Lee

1st Academy Awards

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Best Writing (Adaptation) at the 1st Academy Awards.
Two presentations were made of a Special Award: Charlie Chaplin, a multiple nominee for one movie (Best Actor, Best Writer and Best Director, Comedy; all for The Circus) having been removed from the list so as to recognize his total contribution to the industry; and Warner Brothers, an award for pioneering talking pictures (The Jazz Singer). Three categories were eliminated for subsequent presentations: Best Engineering Effects, Best Title Writing, and Best Unique and Artistic Quality of Production.

Blackface

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As Jack prepares for a dress rehearsal by applying blackface makeup, he and Mary discuss his career aspirations and the family pressures they agree he must resist.
The licorice brand Tabu, owned by Perfetti Van Melle and distributed in Europe, introduced a cartoon minstrel mascot in the 1980s inspired by Al Jolson's blackface performance in The Jazz Singer, which is still in use today.

National Film Registry

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In 1996, The Jazz Singer was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant" motion pictures.

Eugenie Besserer

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The Jazz Singer (1927) as Sara Rabinowitz

George Groves (sound engineer)

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The sound for the film was recorded by British-born George Groves, who had also worked on Don Juan.
He is also credited as being Hollywood's first ‘sound man’; he was the recording engineer on the seminal Al Jolson picture, The Jazz Singer (1927), as well as many other early talkies.

George Jessel (actor)

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With George Jessel in the lead role, the show premiered at the Warner Theatre in Times Square on September 1925 and became a hit.
Whereas Jolson's film career skyrocketed after the 1927 release of The Jazz Singer, Jessel remained in smaller movie roles, often intended for audiences fond of Jewish and other "ethnic" humor.

Yossele Rosenblatt

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Rosenblatt's fame extended beyond the Jewish world earning him large concert fees, a singing role in the 1927 film The Jazz Singer, and the sobriquet "The Jewish Caruso".

Jack L. Warner

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According to performer Eddie Cantor, as negotiations between Warner Bros. and Jessel floundered, Jack L. Warner and the studio's production chief, Darryl Zanuck, called to see if he was interested in the part.
Sam died of pneumonia in 1927 (just before the premiere of the first feature-length talking picture, The Jazz Singer), and Jack became sole head of production.

Louis Silvers

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"Mother of Mine, I Still Have You" (music by Louis Silvers and lyrics by Grant Clarke [Jolson also credited by some sources]; sung by Al Jolson)
Born in New York City, Silvers scored a D. W. Griffith film with sound sequences Dream Street (1921) and the part-talking feature film The Jazz Singer (1927).