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This film was the first wide-release for a "talkie." It amazed audiences around the world. The movie signaled the decline of the silent film.

The Jazz Singer is a romantic drama musical film that follows a man who defies his father in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a jazz singer. The movie portrays the young Jewish man as he defies his family traditions to be a singer in a beer hall and becomes a talented singer, only to later struggle with his decision.

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Directed by
Alan Crosland

Starring: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, and Warner Oland

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[first words in the first widely-seen talking picture]
Jack Robin: Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain't heard nothin' yet! Wait a minute, I tell ya! You ain't heard nothin'! You wanna hear "Toot, Toot, Tootsie"? All right, hold on, hold on...
[walks back to one of the band members]
Jack Robin: Lou, listen. Play "Toot, Toot, Tootsie", three chorus, you understand. In the third chorus, I whistle. Now give it to 'em hard and heavy, go right ahead.
[band starts playing]

Mary Dale: [Listening to Jakie cantoring at Yom Kippur services after the death of his father] A jazz singer...singing to his God!

[caption appearing after Yudelson and Jakie's mother first see him in blackface]
Moisha Yudelson: He sounds like Jakie, but he looks like his shadow!
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