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The Jolson Story (10-Oct-1946)

Director: Alfred E. Green

Writers: Harry Chandlee; Stephen Longstreet; Andrew Solt

Producer: Sidney Skolsky

Keywords: Drama, Biography

Asa Yoelson aspires to be a singer despite the reluctance of his father. Follows Al Jolson's rise to become one of the greatest entertainers of the 20th century. Replete with rich musical numbers, making the core strength of the film; numerous liberties have been taken with the details of Jolson's life. Won Oscars for Best Sound Recording and Best Score; received additional nominations for Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography and Best Editing.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Scotty Beckett
4-Oct-1929 10-May-1968 Child star train wreck
William Demarest
27-Feb-1892 28-Dec-1983 The Great McGinty
Evelyn Keyes
20-Nov-1916 4-Jul-2008 Gone with the Wind
Larry Parks
13-Dec-1914 13-Apr-1975 Named names before HUAC


Larry Parks   ...   Al Jolson
Evelyn Keyes   ...   Julie Benson
William Demarest   ...   Steve Martin
Bill Goodwin   ...   Tom Baron
Ludwig Donath   ...   Cantor Yoelson
Scotty Beckett   ...   Al Jolson (youth)
Tamara Shayne   ...   Mrs. Yoelson
Jo-Carroll Dennison   ...   Anne Murray
John Alexander   ...   Lew Dockstader
Ernest Cossart   ...   Fr. McGee


Review by anonymous (posted on 12-May-2005)

I first saw this film in 1948. At the time I thought it was one of the best films I had ever seen, (I was only 13). It made me a lifelong Al Jolson fan. I now own the video of the film and also the sequel, Jolson Sings Again' and I have almost worn them out. For me it is still one of the best films ever made.

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