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Jolson Sings Again1949

Jolson Sings Again (1949)




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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".


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)
David S. Horsley
as (uncredited)
Al Jolson
as Himself [singing]
Wanda Perry
as (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor
as (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for Jolson Sings Again

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (1)

About as good as a sequel can be.

June 19, 2019 | Full Review…

You'll enjoy yourself thoroughly.

October 30, 2019 | Full Review…

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.

February 23, 2012 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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

December 13, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

November 12, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

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