The Jazz Singer (1952 film)

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The Jazz Singer
Poster of the movie The Jazz Singer.jpg
Original movie poster
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Produced by Louis F. Edelman
Written by Samson Raphaelson
Frank Davis
Leonard Stern
Lewis Meltzer
Starring Danny Thomas
Peggy Lee
Music by Ray Heindorf
Max Steiner
Cinematography Carl E. Guthrie
Edited by Alan Crosland Jr.
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
  • December 30, 1952 (1952-12-30)
Running time
107 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2 million (US)[1]

The Jazz Singer is a 1952 remake of the famous 1927 talking picture The Jazz Singer. It starred Danny Thomas, Peggy Lee and Eduard Franz, and was nominated for an Oscar for best musical score. The film follows about the same storyline as the version starring Al Jolson. It was also distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Plot summary[edit]

As Jerry Golding (a young Korean War veteran) scales the heights of show business, he breaks the heart of his father, who had hoped that Jerry would instead follow in the footsteps of six consecutive generations of cantors in their family. Sorrowfully, Cantor David Golding reads the Kaddish service, indicating that, so far as he is concerned, his son is dead. A tearful reconciliation occurs when Jerry dutifully returns to sing the "Kol Nidre" in his ailing father's absence.


Eduard Franz, who played the role of the aged and ailing cantor battling his son, would go on to reprise his role in the television version of the story starring Jerry Lewis that would be broadcast just seven years later, in 1959.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Danny Thomas Jerry Golding
Peggy Lee Judy Lane
Eduard Franz Cantor David Golding
Mildred Dunnock Mrs. Ruth Golding
Alex Gerry Uncle Louis
Allyn Joslyn George Miller
Tom Tully McGurney


  1. ^ 'The Top Box Office Hits of 1953', Variety, January 13, 1954

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