This Technicolor masterpiece tells the fictionalized story of
Al Jolson, the man who truly was the World's Greatest Entertainer.
Tracing his career from his boyhood in Washington, D.C., singing
with his father in synagogue, with his boyhood voice provided by the talented then-young singer, the late Rudy Wissler, through his minstrel days, to becoming
a headliner on Broadway, this film won the Academy Awards for Musical
Scoring for Morris Stoloff, as well as an Oscar for Sound Recording for John Livadary,
the movie also was nominated for Best Actor for Larry Parks' portrayal of
Al Jolson. It premiered at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on October 10, 1946, 19 years and four days after The Jazz Singer took the world by storm as the first talking picture.
Featuring 25 songs by Jolson, including "My Mammy," "You Made
Me Love You," and "Ma Blushin' Rosie," Jolson himself appears in a long
runway shot, singing Gershwin's immortal "Swanee." While playing a bit
loose with the facts of Jolson's life, this film is a must see for anyone
who wants to get a flavor of this show business legend.