The Jazz Singer

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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. Directed by Alan Crosland and produced by Warner Bros., the movie stars Al Jolson, who performs six songs. The film is based on The Day of Atonement, a play by Samson Raphaelson.


  • My son was to stand at my side and sing tonight – but now I have no son.
    • Cantor Rabinowitz.
  • There are lots of jazz singers, but you have a tear in your voice.
    • Mary Dale.
  • I came home with a heart full of love, but you don't want to understand. Some day you'll understand, the same as Mama does.
    • Jack Robin.
  • My son came to me in my dreams—he sang Kol Nidre so beautifully. If he would only sing like that tonight—surely he would be forgiven.
    • Cantor Rabinowitz.
  • Here he belongs. If God wanted him in His house, He would have kept him there. He's not my boy anymore—he belongs to the whole world now.
    • Jack's mother.
  • Do what is in your heart, Jakie—if you sing and God is not in your voice — your father will know.
    • Jack's mother.

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