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The Jolson Story (1946)

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Release Date: Oct 10, 1946 Wide

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Though legendary entertainer Al Jolson was a highly visible presence on the U.S.O. circuit during World War II, he was generally regarded as a relic of an earlier time until his movie comeback in 1945's Rhapsody in Blue. Showing up 30 minutes into this biopic of George Gershwin, Jolson literally stopped the show with his robust rendition of "Swanee." Suddenly, every Hollywood studio was negotiating with Jolson to film his life story. Warner Bros., the studio that skyrocketed to the top ranks via

Oct 21, 2003

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (0) | DVD (5)

A vastly entertaining, but cliche ridden and fictionalized biopic of the legendary performer

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

It has the music alright, but the dramatics are corny, tiresome and not reliable.

December 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Strange biography with some rousing music numbers.

August 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Not a lot of relation to the truth, but with all those Jolson songs on the soundtrack it hardly matters.

March 8, 2004 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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Hokey.
September 16, 2010
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jay nixon

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I haven't watched this film since I was a little girl, it didn't quite seem how I remember it being, still kind of found it interesting to watch.

I'm not quite sure how this film lies controversially, of course it was made a long time ago and it is the true life story of Al Jolson, it also made it as a West End show.
July 24, 2008
76Majikat

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Not a bad film but not a great one either. This one was going along oh so well until..whoa whoa whoa whoa..we see Jolson in blackface. Talk about insensitivity coming out of nowhere.
November 15, 2013
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