Guest star Humphrey Bogart with Al Jolson
After some discussion about fashion with Oscar Levant, we are treated to Levant's performance of George Gershwin's 2nd Prelude. An admirer and friend of Gershwin, Levant's interpretation may come the closest to the composer's intent.
After Ken Carpenter thrilled us with a Kraft commercial, Al Jolson returned to center stage to sing a song which carried his name on the music, "All My Love." He followed that with the song that Irving Berlin wrote for him in the movie Mammy, that became one of his trademark numbers, "Let Me Sing And I'm Happy." It was this number, of course, that served as the title theme for The Jolson Story, as well.
What could follow Gershwin and Berlin, but Bogart? Humphrey Bogart joined Al and Oscar in a parody of The Jolson Story. Why describe this, when you can listen?
Jolson then closed the show with the song that introduced many to his voice in The Jolson Story, "Sweet Sixteen."
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|This is an excerpt of the 06 Nov 1947 broadcast of the Kraft Music Hall, starring Al Jolson. Humphrey Bogart guest starred on this broadcast, but to hear his portion you will have to check the Jolson website. Here, enjoy Al Jolson and Oscar Levant kick it back and forth, and Jolson singing "All My Love" and "Let Me Sing, And I'm Happy." Great photos of Al Jolson and Oscar Levant give a real feel for the broadcast. Note that YouTube would not post this clip, it is hosted locally on the IAJS site.|