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Jazz Singer (1953)

Danny Thomas , Peggy Lee , Michael Curtiz  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Thomas, Peggy Lee, Eduard Franz, Mildred Dunnock, Alex Gerry
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2010
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003MJS3A0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jazz Singer" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

All his life he trained to be a cantor, but now Jerry Golding has other ideas. He wants to see his name up in lights on Broadway!
Danny Thomas, star classic TV comedy series Make Room for Daddy, plays Jerry in this 1952 update of the 1927 movie landmark that introduced the Sound Era. Opposite Thomas is musical legend Peggy Lee. Both Thomas and Lee rarely appear in films, which makes this heart-tugging show business story even more exceptional.

Exceptional, too, are performances of song standards like Birth of the Blues, If I Could Be with You and I'm Looking over a Four-Leaf Clover. (Ray Heindorf and Max Steiner shared an Oscar(r) nomination for Best Musical Scoring). Watch Lee wrap Cole Porter's Just One of Those Things in vocal silk and smoke and then set Rodgers and Hart's Lover ablaze and you'll know more than one jazz
singer graces The Jazz Singer.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention Music Lovers November 6, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
If you love music and especially old standards, then you will love this movie. Danny Thomas gives a fine performance and had a voice that I think few people even knew about, let alone recognized him for. Peggy Lee also out does herself in her role as a Broadway artist and recording star. This lady always could lay out a song with emotion and style. These two performers put on a real class act!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Danny Thomas & Peggy Lee Movie July 6, 2010
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This is an excellent movie with great singing and acting. Had seen years ago and kept looking for it to come out on DVD. This is a movie that is well worth watching. Danny Thomas was a gifted singer, actor and humanitarian. If you like his movies, this is well worth having.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
From great acting to suburb cast this movie has it all. After seeing all three versions, this is the best. After coming from the Army, Jerry (Danny Thomas) sees his family again. After a short visit, he goes onto success in his music carrer as a "Jazz Singer." After many trials and fights, he is reunited with his family, and finds happiness.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version September 24, 2009
By Erin C.
Format:VHS Tape
Out of the three versions of "The Jazz Singer," 1953 with Danny Thomas is my favorite. It is hard to find, expensive wherever you can find it, but still worth every penny. Why, oh, why is it the only one not available on DVD?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD...when? January 16, 2008
Format:VHS Tape
I echo the other reviews on this site, this was a great rendition of the Jazz Singer, previously seen in the 1920s and later in the Neil Diamond rendition in the '80s. Peggy Lee really could do it all...she was great as a singer, a songwriter, and as an actress. "Lover" is such a great song.

We have 2/3rds of the JS renditions out there on DVD, now it's time to make this one available as well!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, good quality DVD. May 14, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this for a research project for a film theory class, and thoroughly enjoyed it. I was comparing the three versions of The Jazz Singer, and the music and comic elements of this one really shine, and help cut through the melodramatic story line. Anyone who enjoys older films or easy, swinging jazz songs, should really enjoy this one.

I was also impressed by the DVD quality, since it's a DVD-R "burn on order" product. As the product warning says, I wasn't able to play it in my standard DVD player, as it is also a recorder, but it played with no issues on my laptop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JAZZ SINGER May 10, 2014
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I think this was the best. Danny Thomas was a good singer and Peggy Lee was great. The music and story grabs you. Again, it is of a time gone by. I really liked this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Better Off Seeing Any Other Jazz Singer February 15, 2014
Format:Amazon Instant Video
A quaint refresher of the real thing. Better in order are with (1) Al Jolson (His Life Story 1929), (2) Larry Parks (Jolson Story, Jolson singing 1946), (3) Neil Diamond (The Jazz Singer 1980 ??) and finally (5) Danny Thomas 1955 ??
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor quality
The story was great, the acting was great, but the film quality was sorry. We almost turned it off and didn't watch the rest of it.
Published 5 months ago by Jon Tankersley
4.0 out of 5 stars poignant.
Good story, but felt the comedy took a little away from the sadness of the situation. Therefore only four stars.
Published 6 months ago by Sassy Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars Jerry Lewis as the Jazz Singer (Spoilers) NOTE: This review is...
The Jazz Singer (1959) with Jerry Lewis starring was a surprise to me. I'm a long time Martin and Lewis fan but slowly lost interested with much of his solo work. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Baugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Very inspirational story line and great performance by Jerry Lewis
This is a beautiful story of forgiveness, love and loyalty. Yes, it was made in a time before CG and special effects but the story outshines all of that. For me...well... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I was expecting
It was like watching a skit that you wonder, is it done yet? It's very short and sad. It just didn't have much depth to it and maybe that's because of the type of movies in the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gram-ma-ma
5.0 out of 5 stars Jerry at his finest
Jerry Lewis is a man known for his comedy and his slap stick movies. That is not the Jerry you will see here. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kathleen L. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Weak Performance by Lewis
It's been years since I've seen this movie and I was particularly saddened from the beginning of the film. I'm not sure I'll make it to the end of the film. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Hugh A. Lipton
4.0 out of 5 stars The Jazz Singer is worth the purchase
I recommend this DVD if for nothing else Peggy Lee's performance. Danny Thomas' singing pales drastically, but he has a warm and charming personality. Read more
Published 15 months ago by John P. Wheton
4.0 out of 5 stars JAZZ SINGER (1959)
i AM A FAN OF JERRY LEWIS FOR A LONG TIME. I HAVE SEEN ALMOST ALL THE MOVIES HE HAS MADE. THIS ONE WAS VERY GOOD BUT SLOW IN PARTS. Read more
Published 15 months ago by phyllis nichols-glazer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic story
A movie every musician with dreams of playing professionally will love!! It shows what a kid with tremendous talent and a Single Minded Will to Preform and Succeed Can Do. Read more
Published 16 months ago by John M. Baber
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