The jazz singer

In 1998, the American Film Institute included it to the ninetieth place in the rankings of the best one hundred American films of all time.

The Jazz Singer is a 1927 film, directed by Alan Crosland. Starring Al Jolson, it is the film that marks the birth of the era of talking pictures, released for the first time in US theaters on October 6. In 1998, the American Film Institute has included the ninetieth place in the rankings of the best one hundred American films of all time. Jakie, a jew boy, disrupts the traditions of his family because he doesn’t want to sing in the synagogue, as all the males of the family did for five generations before him. He loves the jazz and to this he would like to devote his career. The father, the singer Rabinowitz, opposes him openly until after a bitter discussion Jakie leaves home and goes on his way. He changes his name to Jack Robin and paints his face black to follow his aspirations, until he gets a great opportunity with the help of Mary Dale, famous singer, with whom he has a relationship. At this point Jack will have to reconsider his choices, even with his family.

Directed by Alan Crosland

Origin: USA

Genre: Musical, drama

Year: 1927

lenght: 88′

Cast: Al Jolson: Jakie Rabinowitz/Jack Robin; May McAvoy: Mary Dale; Warner Oland: Cantor Rabinowitz; Eugenie Besserer: Sara Rabinowitz; Otto Lederer: Moisha Yudelson; Robert Gordon: Jakie Rabinowitz, all’età di 13 anni; Richard Tucker: Harry Lee; Joseff Rosenblatt: sé stesso

Plot: Alfred A. Cohn

Photography: Hal Mohr

Music: James V. Monaco


Crosland began his career in the motion picture industry in 1912 at Edison Studios in The Bronx, New York, where he worked at various jobs for two years until he had learned the business sufficiently well to begin directing short films. By 1917, he was directing feature-length films and in 1920 directed Olive Thomas in The Flapper, one of her final films before her death in September of that year.In 1925, Crosland was working for Jesse L. Lasky’s film production company Famous Players-Lasky (later Paramount Pictures) when he was hired by Warner Bros. to work at their Hollywood studios. He had directed several silent films for Warner’s including directing Don Juan starring John Barrymore in 1926. It was the first feature-length film with synchronized Vitaphone sound effects and musical soundtrack, though it has no spoken dialogue. He was chosen to direct Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer (1927). The film would make him famous as the first of the new talkies that changed the course of motion pictures.