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The first “talkie”

Posted in Anniversary, History, Music, Technology on Saturday, 25 September 2010

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Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer

6 October marks the anniversary of the release of The Jazz Singer, the first movie to be released with synchronized dialogue sequences in 1927. The movie starred Al Jolson, a talented jazz singer, who performs six songs during the film.

Jolson was not the first choice for the leading role, despite the fact that the story was based on his life, via a short story entitled “The Day of Atonement” by Samson Raphaelson, who had seen Jolson perform in 1917. The story, published in 1922, was adapted by Raphaelson as a stage play starring George Jessel in 1925. Negotiations with Jessel to star in the film broke down and Jolson was invited to play the part.

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