The Jazz Singer - October 6, 2014

On this day back in 1927, "The Jazz Singer" was the first feature-length movie to be released which included synchronized dialogue.  The release of this film began the decline of the silent movie era and, subsequently, the rise of the "talkies."  Produced by Warner Bros. and based on a play called "The Day of Atonement" by Samson Raphaelson, the film chronicles a young man who rebels against this family's Jewish beliefs.

TODAY'S TRIVIA QUESTION

In what year was The Jazz Singer selected for preservation by the U.S. Library of Congress's National Film Registry for it's influential and historical mark on the film industry?

a) 1966

b) 1976

c) 1986

d) 1996

CLIP OF THE DAY

Watch Al Jolson sing in the first ever "talkie"!

DID YOU KNOW . . .

The main cast of "The Jazz Singer" was comprised of Al Jolson, May McAvoy, Warner Oland, and Yossele Rosenblatt.  Its run time is 96 minutes and it cost $422,000 to make.  The box office gross for the U.S. was $3.9 million.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"We in the show business have our religion too - on every day, the show must go on!"  Jack Robin/Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer

TRIVIA ANSWER

d) 1996