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The Jazz Singer
Running Time: 89 minutes
Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Robert Gordon, Richard Tucker, Cantor Joseff
Showtime: Sunday, March 22, 2009 @ 03:30 PM
Director: Alan Crosland
Description: [As part of our Tribute to Warner Brothers, TIFF is presenting the classic film, The Jazz Singer, along with The Brothers Warner].
Warner Bros.' and director Alan Crosland's The Jazz Singer is an historic milestone film and cinematic landmark. The wildly successful "photo-dramatic production" was based upon Samson Raphaelson's 1921 short story "The Day of Atonement" (also the basis for Raphaelson's popular 1926 Broadway play of the same name), and adapted for the screen by Alfred A. Cohn.
In 1926, Warners' risky investment of a half million dollars with Western Electric in the Vitaphone sound system brought profits of $3.5 million at the box-office with this landmark talkie. It was a huge success, responsible for transforming Warners into Hollywood's hottest film factory. The commercialization of sound-on-film, and the transformation of the industry from silent films to talkies became a reality with the success of this film.
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