The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer Premiered October 6, 1927, Warner Bros.' The Jazz Singer won the 1927-1928 Special Academy Award as "the outstanding pioneer talking picture." Though the film relied on the period's rather traditional theme of Old World vs. New World tension, its experiemental use of dialogue and its synchronized score marked the parallel birth of the talking film and the Hollywood musical. The following clip from the The Jazz Singer provides a glimpse of the film's pioneering achievements in filmography. It begins with the first and most legendary words spoken by Jackie Rabinowitz (Al Jolson), "Wait a minute! Wait a minute! You ain't heard nothin' yet!" and ends with the finale of Jack Robin's (Rabinowtiz's stage name) Broadway premiere. "Toot Toot Tootsie" and "My Mammy", the two musical selections featured in the clip, were among the film's most populuar songs.

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