Al jolson - the jolson story - his greatest hits


  Minstrel Show Female Impersonators George Christy was probably the first famous female impersonator in minstrel shows when he played the part of Miss Lucy Long in the 1840s. By the mid-1850s most major companies had female impersonators (Wenches and Prima Donnas). Two of the most famous performers were "The Only Leon" and Tony Hart.

Rudolph Valentino and Charlie Chaplin rose to stardom in this era, which also saw the premier of the first Walt Disney animated cartoon and the debut of Mickey Mouse.

Directed by Henry Levin. With Larry Parks, Barbara Hale, William Demarest, Ludwig Donath. In this sequel to The Jolson Story, we pick up the singer's career just as ...

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Immigrant life in the lower East Side of the New York Ghetto is seen on location around Hester and Orchard Streets. Bearded Jewish Cantor Rabinowitz (Warner Oland) wishes his son to continue in the five-generation family tradition and become a cantor (a leader of chants and songs during Jewish religious services) at the Orchard Street synagogue: "Cantor Rabinowitz, chanter of hymns in the synagogue, stubbornly held to the ancient traditions of his race." But he cannot locate his young son: "Tonight Jakie is to sing Kol Nidre. He should be here!" His mother, Sara Rabinowitz (Eugenie Besserer): "God made her a Woman and Love made her a Mother," is more sympathetic: "Maybe our boy doesn't want to be a Cantor, Papa - " Cantor Rabinowitz can't believe that his boy would turn his back on family traditions: "What has he to say? For five generations a Rabinowitz has been a Cantor - - he must be one!"

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