"The Jazz Singer is a 1927 American musical film. The first feature-length motion picture with synchronized dialogue sequences, its release heralded the commercial ascendance of the "talkies" and the decline of the silent film era" (from Wikipedia)
Directed by Alan Crosland. With Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer. The son of a Jewish Cantor must defy the traditions of his religious father in order to pursue his dream of becoming a jazz singer.
1927 - The Jazz Singer, Myrna Loy.
1927 NY Times w AD for 1st "Talkiing" Movie THE JAZZ SINGER starring AL JOLSON
This excerpt from 1927's "The Jazz Singer" exemplifies the musical styling of Jazz, itself symbolic of the Roaring Twenties and the source of the Jazz Age's namesake. Fitzgerald was an active celebrity in the 1920s and had a "playboy image". The trappings of the Jazz Age is one of the main focuses of The Great Gatsby.
I usually feature vintage photos of Los Angeles and Hollywood but today I’m doing a bit of a cheat, but it’s Hollywood-related so I’m sure you’ll forgive me. It’s a photo of the Warners' Theatre at 1664 Broadway in New York during the original run of "The Jazz Singer" in 1927. You can by the crowds spilling out on the sidewalk what a sensation the film was. What surprises me is that they only had two sessions a day, at 2.30pm and 8.45pm, with a 3pm matinee on Sundays. Say what??? Warner…
Here are a few photos of Al Jolson taken behind-the-scenes during production of The Jazz Singer (1927), Warner Bros' ground-breaking talking picture. IMAGE DETAILS (2 of 2) Full BTS shot of Al Jolson, who plays Jakie Rabinowitz, in California to film "The Jazz Singer" and meeting the studio's biggest star, Rin-Tin-Tin, 1927.
Eugenie Besserer and Al Jolson in "The Jazz Singer" (1927). It was one of the first films with sound; it was produced by the Warner Bros. Studios. It encouraged the ending of silent films and beginning of film with sound.