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The Jolson Story1946

The Jolson Story (1946)




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Though legendary entertainer Al Jolson was a highly-visible presence on the USO circuit during WWII, he was generally regarded as a relic of an earlier time. An attractively-appointed fabrication, this film distorts and glosses over the particulars of Jolson's life, but the results are very entertaining.


Larry Parks
as Al Jolson
Evelyn Keyes
as Julie Benson
William Demarest
as Steve Martin
Bill Goodwin
as Tom Baron
Ludwig Donath
as Cantor Yoelson
Tamara Shayne
as Mrs. Yoelson
John Alexander
as Lew Dockstader
Ernest Cossart
as Father McGee
Scotty Beckett
as Jolson as a Boy
William Forrest
as Dick Glenn
Ann E. Todd
as Ann Murray (younger)
Ann Todd
as Ann as a Girl
Edwin Maxwell
as Oscar Hammerstein
Franklin Farnum
as Man in Audience
Eddie Kane
as Ziegfeld
Jimmy Lloyd
as Roy Anderson
Coulter Irwin
as Young Priest
Harry Shannon
as Policeman Riley
Buddy Gorman
as Call Boy
Charles Jordan
as Asst. Stage Manager
Pierre Watkin
as Architect
Eugene Borden
as Headwaiter
Al Jolson
as Himself (Swanee sequence)
Will Wright
as Sourpuss Movie Patron
Arthur Loft
as Stage Manager
Edward Keane
as Director
Eddie Fetherston
as Assistant Stage Manager
Bill Brandt
as Orchestra Leader
Pat Lane
as Cameraman
Michael Lally
as Lab Manager
Jessie Arnold
as Wardrobe Woman
Donna Dax
as Girl Publicist
Eric Wilton
as Harry the Butler
Franklyn Farnum
as Man in Audience
Eddie Fetherstone
as Asst. Stage Manager
Sam Harris
as Nightclubber
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Critic Reviews for The Jolson Story

All Critics (5)

The Jolson Story says that most show people have the same struggles, the same desire for a home, and the same love of family that motivate other Americans.

October 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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

June 13, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

December 30, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Strange biography with some rousing music numbers.

August 9, 2007 | Full Review…

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

March 8, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Jolson Story



jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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