History Film / TheJazzSinger

24th Jun '16 4:15:35 PM Adept
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* The 1936 [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] cartoon ''WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga'', directed by Creator/TexAvery, featuring fledgling jazz singer "[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Owl Jolson]]" rebelling against his family of traditionalist musicians. This film was intended to advertise the title song, "I Love To Singa" which was featured in an Al Jolson and CabCalloway film released around the same time.

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* The 1936 [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] cartoon ''WesternAnimation/ILoveToSinga'', directed by Creator/TexAvery, featuring fledgling jazz singer "[[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Owl Jolson]]" rebelling against his family of traditionalist musicians. This film was intended to advertise the title song, "I Love To Singa" which was featured in an Al Jolson and CabCalloway Music/CabCalloway film released around the same time.
11th Mar '16 4:44:21 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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The 1927 film '''''The Jazz Singer''''' tells the story of Jakie Rabinowitz (played by Al Jolson), the son of a Jewish cantor, who declines to follow in his father's footsteps. Instead, he dissembles his Jewish identity while trying to make it in the world of [[{{Jazz}} popular music]]. Just as Jakie is about to hit the big time, his father falls ill, forcing Jakie to choose between his family and his show-biz dreams.

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The 1927 film '''''The ''The Jazz Singer''''' Singer'' tells the story of Jakie Rabinowitz (played by Al Jolson), the son of a Jewish cantor, who declines to follow in his father's footsteps. Instead, he dissembles his Jewish identity while trying to make it in the world of [[{{Jazz}} popular music]]. Just as Jakie is about to hit the big time, his father falls ill, forcing Jakie to choose between his family and his show-biz dreams.



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7th Feb '16 3:53:28 PM nombretomado
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Oh, yeah -- the {{blackface}} scene. The redeeming element may be that the song -- "My Mammy" -- reflects Jakie's reconciliation with his own mother; in a way, Jakie is identifying very deeply with the stereotyped "darkie" character he portrays. It was also [[ValuesDissonance 1927]]. It was very common in [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation old cartoons of the 1930s]] to reference this scene via Blackface gags (i.e. [[AshFace smoke or ash being blown onto the victim's face]], which somehow makes them want to shout "Mammy!").

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Oh, yeah -- the {{blackface}} scene. The redeeming element may be that the song -- "My Mammy" -- reflects Jakie's reconciliation with his own mother; in a way, Jakie is identifying very deeply with the stereotyped "darkie" character he portrays. It was also [[ValuesDissonance 1927]]. It was very common in [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation old cartoons of the 1930s]] to reference this scene via Blackface gags (i.e. [[AshFace smoke or ash being blown onto the victim's face]], which somehow makes them want to shout "Mammy!").
9th Jan '16 12:32:57 AM spasskysteve
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There were two {{re|vision}}makes of this film:

1. 1952, starring Danny Thomas

2. 1980 starring Music/NeilDiamond.

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There were two {{re|vision}}makes of this film:

1. 1952,
film, one in 1952 starring Danny Thomas

2.
Thomas and one in 1980 starring Music/NeilDiamond.
9th Jan '16 12:31:33 AM spasskysteve
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9th Jan '16 12:31:19 AM spasskysteve
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1. 1952, starring Danny Thomas. This version made one of the Medved's Worst Film compilations. Anyone who has seen it and is willing to admit it should write in.

2. 1980. Music/NeilDiamond is The Jazz Singer! This version is very much a sound film. Synopsis:

Diamond's character is the son of Rabbi Rabinovitz (Creator/LaurenceOlivier), and a cantor like his father. But he wants to be a pop singer (the "jazz" in this version is metaphorical). Early on, he is sneaking out to sing with a soul group--and yes, he's in blackface. Or rather, brownface--he's trying to look like the ''real'' blacks he's with, not the stereotypes in the MinstrelShows. Don't worry, once he leaves NYC, he reverts back to his normal coloring and stays there.

One of the songs he has written for his band, under the name Jess Robin, has gotten greater notice, and so he is asked to bring himself and his song to California, where it is to be recorded by a British singer. This does not go over well with his father or his wife, but he goes ahead and flies west. He is met in California by Molly, the woman who will become his agent.

They drop into the recording studio. Jess severely dislikes what the other British musician is doing with his song. He sings it to show how it should be done. (For the record, the song in question is "Love on the Rocks".) The musician rejects the correction and continues doing it his own way. But Jess stays in California with Molly, who gets him a booking: "Pretend we've never seen each other" to a fella who has never seen her before but who owns a venue.

Montage as time passes. Molly is so much of a goy that she tries to serve Jess ham! Still, they spend a lot of time together, and he writes love songs for her. Yes, she is his lover. All this necessarily hurts his marriage, and his wife eventually flies out to get a divorce and inform him that he's still wanted as a cantor. His father also flies out to see him. After it has been suitably established that he is living with and loving a Gentile girl, and not being very observant in other ways -- he doesn't even use the original name -- Rabbi Rabinovitz leaves saying "IHaveNoSon!" This shakes our hero...His star keeps rising. But right before the biggest (and televised) gig of his life, he has a HeroicBSOD and skips town. He is eventually found in Texas or thereabouts by a bandmate, who informs Jess that he's now a dad by Molly, so he heads back to California to reconcile with her and become part of a new family.

He eventually performs as a cantor one more time as a way to reconcile with his father. Molly works to get him another gig around the same time: "Pretend you don't know me" to the same guy she said it to before, and he really wishes he could. The fella is reluctant to make the booking because Jess did skip town last year, but she is able to talk him into giving him a full five-minute slot. The film ends with a rousing performance of "America", with Molly -- and Jess's now-proud father -- in the audience.

Say what you will about the plot and acting of this film -- if you like Neil Diamond's music, it's worth seeing.

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1. 1952, starring Danny Thomas. This version made one of the Medved's Worst Film compilations. Anyone who has seen it and is willing to admit it should write in.

Thomas
2. 1980. Music/NeilDiamond is The Jazz Singer! This version is very much a sound film. Synopsis:

Diamond's character is the son of Rabbi Rabinovitz (Creator/LaurenceOlivier), and a cantor like his father. But he wants to be a pop singer (the "jazz" in this version is metaphorical). Early on, he is sneaking out to sing with a soul group--and yes, he's in blackface. Or rather, brownface--he's trying to look like the ''real'' blacks he's with, not the stereotypes in the MinstrelShows. Don't worry, once he leaves NYC, he reverts back to his normal coloring and stays there.

One of the songs he has written for his band, under the name Jess Robin, has gotten greater notice, and so he is asked to bring himself and his song to California, where it is to be recorded by a British singer. This does not go over well with his father or his wife, but he goes ahead and flies west. He is met in California by Molly, the woman who will become his agent.

They drop into the recording studio. Jess severely dislikes what the other British musician is doing with his song. He sings it to show how it should be done. (For the record, the song in question is "Love on the Rocks".) The musician rejects the correction and continues doing it his own way. But Jess stays in California with Molly, who gets him a booking: "Pretend we've never seen each other" to a fella who has never seen her before but who owns a venue.

Montage as time passes. Molly is so much of a goy that she tries to serve Jess ham! Still, they spend a lot of time together, and he writes love songs for her. Yes, she is his lover. All this necessarily hurts his marriage, and his wife eventually flies out to get a divorce and inform him that he's still wanted as a cantor. His father also flies out to see him. After it has been suitably established that he is living with and loving a Gentile girl, and not being very observant in other ways -- he doesn't even use the original name -- Rabbi Rabinovitz leaves saying "IHaveNoSon!" This shakes our hero...His star keeps rising. But right before the biggest (and televised) gig of his life, he has a HeroicBSOD and skips town. He is eventually found in Texas or thereabouts by a bandmate, who informs Jess that he's now a dad by Molly, so he heads back to California to reconcile with her and become part of a new family.

He eventually performs as a cantor one more time as a way to reconcile with his father. Molly works to get him another gig around the same time: "Pretend you don't know me" to the same guy she said it to before, and he really wishes he could. The fella is reluctant to make the booking because Jess did skip town last year, but she is able to talk him into giving him a full five-minute slot. The film ends with a rousing performance of "America", with Molly -- and Jess's now-proud father -- in the audience.

Say what you will about the plot and acting of this film -- if you like Neil Diamond's music, it's worth seeing.
1980 starring Music/NeilDiamond.
2nd Sep '15 5:11:42 PM MarkLungo
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2. 1980. NeilDiamond is The Jazz Singer! This version is very much a sound film. Synopsis:

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2. 1980. NeilDiamond Music/NeilDiamond is The Jazz Singer! This version is very much a sound film. Synopsis:
19th Mar '15 9:08:21 AM Sapphirea2
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* {{Blackface}}: One of the most famous examples in film.

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* {{Blackface}}: One of the most famous examples in film.film in the 1927 version, and one of the most infamous examples in the 1980 version!



* NonActorVehicle: The 1980 version was this for Neil Diamond. While his performance "won" the first Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor, the soundtrack was a big hit so his career held up.



* An ''{{SCTV}}'' sketch, guest-starring Al Jarreau, which specifically parodies the 1980 version but reverses the plot in that the father expects the son to be a jazz singer like himself but the son instead becomes a cantor.

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* An ''{{SCTV}}'' sketch, sketch guest-starring Al Jarreau, which specifically parodies Jarreau as the 1980 version but title character reverses the plot in that the plot: The father expects the son to be a jazz singer like himself himself, but the son instead becomes a cantor.
19th Mar '15 9:01:04 AM Sapphirea2
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* The obscure direct-to-video spoof ''That's Adequate!'' features another reversal: ''Singing in the Synagogue''. David Allen Grier, a few years before ''Series/InLivingColor'', plays the hero and dons ''whiteface'' to make it big!

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* The obscure direct-to-video spoof film ''That's Adequate!'' (which has a variety of parodies of Hollywood classics) features another reversal: ''Singing in the Synagogue''. David Allen Alan Grier, a few years before ''Series/InLivingColor'', plays the hero and dons ''whiteface'' to make it big!
19th Mar '15 8:58:57 AM Sapphirea2
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* An ''{{SCTV}}'' sketch, guest-starring Al Jarreau, which reverses the plot in that the father expects the son to be a jazz singer like himself but the son instead becomes a cantor.
* ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Like Father, Like Clown", guest-starring the voice of Jackie Mason as Krusty's estranged father Rabbi Hyman Krustovsky. The IHaveNoSon moment is memorably spoofed.
** Mason himself is to some extent a RealLife instance of ''The Jazz Singer''; under pressure from his father he received rabbinic ordination as his brothers did, but he subsequently chose to become a comedian.

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* An ''{{SCTV}}'' sketch, guest-starring Al Jarreau, which specifically parodies the 1980 version but reverses the plot in that the father expects the son to be a jazz singer like himself but the son instead becomes a cantor.
* The obscure direct-to-video spoof ''That's Adequate!'' features another reversal: ''Singing in the Synagogue''. David Allen Grier, a few years before ''Series/InLivingColor'', plays the hero and dons ''whiteface'' to make it big!
* ''TheSimpsons'' episode "Like Father, Like Clown", guest-starring the voice of Jackie Mason as Krusty's estranged father Rabbi Hyman Krustovsky. The IHaveNoSon moment is memorably spoofed.
** Mason
spoofed. (Mason himself is to some extent a RealLife instance of ''The Jazz Singer''; under pressure from his father he received rabbinic ordination as his brothers did, but he subsequently chose to become a comedian.)



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