AL Jolson Movies on DVD
Decidedly un-PC in the modern era, this rousing musical film starring Al Jolson features the legendary performer donning blackface to portray Gus, a stable hand who hopes to ride Big Boy, one of his boss's horses, in the Kentucky Derby. Just when it looks like Gus will get his wish, some unscrupulous mobsters scheme to dismount him! Songs include "Tomorrow Is Another Day" and "Liza Lee." With Claudia Dell, Lew Harvey. 68 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The only film Al Jolson and wife Ruby Keeler made together features Jolson as an alcoholic performer whose wild ways have led to his banishment from show business. While in trouble with crooks and with help from showgirl Keeler, Jolson tries to reclaim past glories by opening a nightclub. With Helen Morgan. Songs include "About a Quarter to Nine," "Casino De Paree." 89 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
The saga of legendary entertainer Al Jolson continues, from his entry into sound films and decline in the '30s to his comeback and rediscovery by a new generation of fans. Larry Parks returns as Jolie, who supplied his own singing voice. Barbara Hale, William Demarest co-star. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Japanese.
Terrific Irving Berlin tunes and the ever-charismatic Al Jolson are the highlights of this intriguing film that finds Jolson, the star of a minstrel show, seeking help from his mother after accidentally shooting the show's emcee. Lois Moran, Louise Dresser, and Mitchell Lewis co-star. Songs include "To My Mammy" and "Yes, We Have No Bananas." Includes two Technicolor sequences. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Pathos and songs mix as Al Jolson plays a radio singer and neglectful husband and father who kills his friend when he discovers he's been flirting with his wife. After serving time in prison, Jolson learns that his son has been hit by a car and his wife's new love interest, a surgeon, is called on to save him. With Marian Nixon; songs include "Why Can't You?" and "Used to You." 86 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Al Jolson stars in the title role, the Jewish cantor's son who would rather sing on stage than in temple. Clashing repeatedly with his father (Warner Oland) over his desire to become a jazz singer, Jolson leaves home to pursue show business--adopting a stage name and meeting a veteran performer (May McAvoy) who brings him to a turning point in his life. Songs include "My Mammy," "Toot Toot Tootsie," and "Blue Skies." This groundbreaking film that brought sound to the movies co-stars William Demarest, Richard Tucker. 88 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; audio commentary; bonus shorts; featurettes; theatrical trailers. Collector's edition includes hours of rare Vitaphone short films, photo cards, collectible booklet, more. Three-disc set.
Larry Parks supplies the body, Al Jolson the voice, in one of Hollywood's best-loved musicals. Follow brash young Asa on his climb up the show biz ladder and into film history as the Jazz Singer. Songs include "Swanee," "April Showers," "Mammy"; with Evelyn Keyes, William Demarest. 130 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Japanese.
Warner Bros. and Al Jolson followed up their "Jazz Singer" success with this part-talkie, part-silent tearjerker. Songwriting waiter Jolie weds a singer and finds success on Broadway, but falls on hard times after his wife flees to France with their young son. With Betty Bronson, David Lee; songs include "Golden Gate," "I'm Sittin' on Top of The World," "Sonny Boy." 102 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; theatrical trailer.
Portraying a popular radio and singing star (not exactly a stretch!) in this engaging musical, Al Jolson experiences a life-altering crisis when he suddenly loses his voice. His career already hampered by a growing drinking habit, Jolson decides to give show business--and his vocal cords--a long rest in the Maine countryside. Songs include "My Mammy," "Swanee," "Save Me, Sister," "I Love to Sing-a," and more. With Sybil Jason, Lyle Talbot. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
An all-star Warner Bros. extravaganza set in a Paris nightclub where club owner Al Jolson and bandleader Dick Powell fall for dancer Dolores Del Rio, who is fond of stage partner Ricardo Cortez, who in turn is pursued by rich Kay Francis. Among the lavish musical numbers, with choreography by Busby Berkeley, are "Don't Say Goodnight," "Why Do I Dream Those Dreams?," and the outrageously tasteless (even for 1934) "Goin' to Heaven on a Mule," with Jolson in blackface. 84 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.