The Jolson Story
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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 the 1927 part-talkie Jolson vehicle The Jazz Singer, seemed to have the inside track,… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A vastly entertaining, but cliche ridden and fictionalized biopic of the legendary performer"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not a lot of relation to the truth, but with all those Jolson songs on the soundtrack it hardly matters."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It has the music alright, but the dramatics are corny, tiresome and not reliable."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Strange biography with some rousing music numbers."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
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