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Jolson Sings Again (1949)

Jolson Sings Again (1949)

Jolson Sings Again





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This Technicolor follow-up to Columbia's 1946 blockbuster The Jolson Story again stars Larry Parks as legendary entertainer Al Jolson--and Jolson himself, as Parks' singing voice. The story concentrates on Jolson's tireless activities entertaining the troops during WW II. After VJ day, Jolson finds that his services are no longer required. Fortunately, he stages a spectacular comeback, thanks in great part to the release of The Jolson Story! The film's Pirandellian overtones come to a head when Larry Parks as Jolson meets Larry Parks as Larry Parks. Also returning from The Jolson Story are William Demarest as the title character's manager Steve Martin, Bill Goodwyn as Broadway-producer Tom Baron, and Ludwig Donath and Tamara Shayne as Jolson's old-world parents. Barbara Hale appears as Jolson's wife (his third, though this fact is not dwelled upon), renamed Ellen Clark for the moment, while Myron McCormick plays a composite character based on several Hollywood executives (including, one supposes, Columbia mogul Harry Cohn). Song highlights include "After You've Gone", "You Made Me Love You", "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy", "Sonny Boy", "About a Quarter to Nine", "April Showers", "Back in Your Own Backyard", and, of course, "Mammy".more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Buchman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 21, 2003
Columbia Pictures


Larry Parks
as Al Jolson / Himself
Barbara Hale
as Ellen Clark
William Demarest
as Steve Martin
Tamara Shayne
as Moma Yoelson
Ludwig Donath
as Cantor Yoelson
Bill Goodwin
as Tom Baron
Myron McCormick
as Ralph Bryant
Nelson Leigh
as Theater Manager
Virginia Mullen
as Mrs. Bryant
M.W. Stoloff
as Orchestra Leader
Helen Mowery
as Script Girl
Ben Erway
as Writer
Martin Garralaga
as Mr. Estrada
Dick Cogan
as Soldier
Peter Brocco
as Captain of Waiters
Charles Regan
as (uncredited)
Charles T. Perry
as (uncredited)
Richard H. Gordon
as (uncredited)
David Newell
as (uncredited)
Joe Gilbert
as (uncredited)
Al Jolson
as Himself [singing]
David S. Horsley
as (uncredited)
Wanda Perry
as (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Jolson Sings Again

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

This color sequel to the first biopic of Al Jolson (in 1946) is not as good as the original, but it's production vaues are good, scoring and cinematography were nominated for Oscars.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012

Without Jolson's voice on the soundtrack this film wouldn't have worked.

Full Review… | December 13, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Downgraded follow up to The Jolson Story still boasts great Jolie songs.

November 12, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Full Review… | May 24, 2003

Audience Reviews for Jolson Sings Again

As with most sequels, it's not quite up with the original, The Jolson Story, and this film doesn't seem to have enough material left to keep it afloat. It's well made and professionally done. It's better than average.

James Higgins

Hilarious premise: Jolson, played by Larry Parks, attempts a comeback after Larry Parks, played by Larry Parks, makes him newly popular by playing the real Jolson (played by Larry Parks) in The Jolson Story. You don't care. Great songs, sung by Jolson while Parks mimes.

This sequal to 'The Jolson Story' does not match it in greatness.It comes off as a less than enthusiastic mockumentary.The best parts were the cutbacks to the original 'The Jolson Story' and of course Jolson's singing.It's also a shame that Al Jolson himself did not make a cameo in this film.This one is a deflating experience after enjoying the first film.

Conor L.

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