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Jolson Sings Again (1949)

Larry Parks , Barbara Hale , Henry Levin  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Larry Parks, Barbara Hale, William Demarest, Ludwig Donath, Bill Goodwin
  • Directors: Henry Levin
  • Writers: Sidney Buchman
  • Producers: Sidney Buchman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000F5O1
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Jolson Sings Again" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

One of the greatest musicals ever made, THE JOLSON STORY is an electrifying cavalcade of lavish production numbers with an all-star cast. Winning Academy Awards(r) for Musical Scoring and Sound Recording, the film also received four Academy Award(r) nominations in 1946, including Best Actor for Larry Parks' portrayal of Al Jolson. The film traces the meteoric singing/performing career of Asa Yoelson,a talented cantor's son determined to make it big in the "biz." After changing his name to Al Jolson, Asa captivates audiences everywhere as a spellbinding minstrel and jazz performer. Featuring 25 songs by Jolson and big hits such as "My Mammy" and "You Made Me Love You," THE JOLSON STORY is a compelling tribute to an incomparable performer once hailed as America's Greatest Entertainer!

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining sequel to "The Jolson Story" with Larry Parks September 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
"Jolson Sings Again" is a worthy sequel to "The Jolson Story" with Larry Parks repeating his amazing portrayal of the sensational Broadway entertainer Al Jolson. The film takes up where the original ended with Jolson singing in a night club then he goes home to find that his wife Julie (Evelyn Keyes) has left him. William Demarest is back once again as Steve Martin (Jolson's friend and manager) with Ludwig Donath and Tamara Shayne repeating their roles as Jolson's parents. Jolson is only happy when singing on stage to a live audience but finds that he is now no longer in demand and it is difficult to get work. Steve Martin tries hard to discover some Broadway producer who will put Jolson into a show but no one is interested. Jolson then volunteers to entertain the troops abroad and is one of the first of the big stars to do this. While on one of these Tours he meets Col. Bryant (Myron McCormick) who is a big Jolson fan. On another Tour Jolson contracts an illness and is taken to hospital. Ellen Clark (Barbara Hale) is a nurse at the hospital where he is recovering and they fall in love and get married. Jolson still pines to be singing again and Steve Martin manages to get him a spot in an all star benefit show. The show is extremely long and Jolson doesn't appear until the finale by which time many people have left. However, Col. Bryant is in the audience that night and he stays to the end specially to hear Jolson sing. Bryant is now a Hollywood film producer and phones Jolson after the show with an offer to make a film of Jolson's life story. Much of "Jolson Sings Again" shows the background to the making of the earlier film which is fascinating - particularly when Larry Parks (as Jolson) is introduced to Larry Parks (as himself)!! Read more ›
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
"Jolson Sings Again" picks up where "The Jolson Story" left off and takes the singing star into the 1940s, when he finds himself in professional decline until his movie biography comes out. Because this sequel covers far less territory than the original, "Jolson Sings Again" lacks the stature and story values of the earlier picture. But in many ways it's even more fun to watch.
By this time Larry Parks, already impressive in "The Jolson Story," was in full command of the role. Parks is often very amusing and inventive here, adding little bits of business to his performance. As for his song scenes, this writer submits "Sonny Boy" for special praise. Parks is letter-perfect, so much so that the film editor doesn't cut away from Parks's face as he delivers one long, flawless take. Barbara Hale is excellent as the romantic interest, and Ludwig Donath and Myron McCormick are fine in support. (Look quickly for "Gong Show" bandleader Milton Delugg as a young accordionist.)
Fans of Al Jolson will enjoy hearing many popular hits, and movie buffs will especially enjoy the scenes showing the preparation and filming of "The Jolson Story." You don't have to know the original to enjoy "Jolson Sings Again."
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never get tired of this one! August 10, 2003
By Jan P.
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
Larry Parks is incredible once again as Al Jolson. Sure, its kind of predictable, and some of the more popular scenes from "The Jolson Story" are redone here, but I could watch this movie every day and not get tired of the music, story, and especially Larry Parks! Would LOVE to have it in DVD if/when that happens!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LARRY PARKS COMES INTO HIS OWN IN STUNNING SEQUEL September 28, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
lARRY PARKS SPARKLES IN THIS SEQUEL WHICH HAS REAL FUN WITH THE CHARACTERS WE LOVED IN THE ORIGINAL. LARRY'S REAL SKILL WAS TRANPOSING THE JOLSON MANNERISMS INTO A STYLE WHICH WORKED ON SCREEN. JOLSON HIMSELF RARELY WAS ABLE TO SHOW THE MAGIC OF HIS STAGE PERSONAL ON SCREEN AND SHOULD HAVE BEEN GRATEFUL TO LARRY FOR CAPTURING THAT ESSENCE. THERE'S REAL CHEMISTRY WITH LARRY AND HIS LEADING LADY IN THIS PICTURE - MORE SO THAN WITH EVELYN KEYES. THE SCENE IN THE HOSPITAL WHERE THEY FIRST TALK IS SIMPLY CHARMING AND CANNOT FAIL TO WARM THE VIEWER. A STUNNING SET OF SONGS AND LESS SHOWBIZ CLICHES MAKE THIS FILM EVERY BIT AS GOOD AS THE ORIGINAL. LARRY'S HAS MATURED INTO THE ROLE AND SHOWS WHAT A CRIME IT WAS THAT HE WAS NOT ALLOWED TO ENJOY A LONGER CAREER. I RECOMMEND THIS FILM TO EVERYONE - I FIRST SAW IT AS A CHILD AND REPEATED VIEWINGS ONLY IMPROVE IT'S CHARM. CHECK IT OUT AND YOU'LL BE SURPRISED AT HOW GREAT LARRY IS - THEN PONDER WHY HE IS NOT MORE WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED - AND EXPERIENCE THAT JOLSON VOICE. THE DUBBING IS SEEMLESS SO DON'T LET THAT PUT YOU OFF - IT REALLY DOES LOOK LIKE THAT BEAUTIFUL VOICE COMES FROM LARRY'S BEAUTIFUL FACE. TOP FILM - GOT TO BE WATCHED.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars listen to those bobby soxers squeal !!! December 19, 2007
Format:DVD
Jolson Sings Again picks up the Al Jolson story where the prequel, The Jolson Story, leaves off. Al Jolson is played brilliantly by Larry Parks; and Al Jolson's parents are again played by Ludwig Donath and Tamara Shayne. The plot moves along at a fairly good pace with an interesting subplot for the last half hour of the movie during which we see the making of The Jolson Story, thus giving us a film within a film.

When the action begins, Al Jolson is only momentarily saddened by his wife Julia leaving him. He longs to return to the stage. Time has passed and newcomers like Bing Crosby get the spotlight Jolson once enjoyed so very much. We see Jolson touring the globe to entertain troops during World War II; and the movie shows Jolson having health problems from stress and viruses he caught in his later years.

Eventually Jolson remarries a military nurse named Ellen Clark (Barbara Hale), although in real life Jolson was never married to anyone named Ellen Clark. Steve Martin (William Demarest) continues to manage Jolson during the leaner years when Jolson isn't in great demand anymore.

The wonderful thing about this flick is that we see the making of The Jolson Story during the last half hour or so; and this is truly very entertaining to watch. It's also great to see Jolson regaining popularity after The Jolson Story was released.

The choreography works very well in the scenes in which they film The Jolson Story; and the cinematography is probably at its height in those scenes as well.

Overall, Jolson Sings Again is a worthy sequel to The Jolson Story; and the convincing acting makes this a good picture.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great acting... too bad it didn't have a sequel!!!
Published 4 days ago by Mary Foote
5.0 out of 5 stars This, along with the first Jolson movie are among ...
This, along with the first Jolson movie are among my favorites; Hard to beat for the music, as well as story line.
Published 15 days ago by grace bowser
5.0 out of 5 stars Jolson as He Prepares an Exit
This movie ends a half-dozen years before the actual death of Jolson. It is not fully explicit about the four marriages and about the egotism of Jolson. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Thomas B. O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Entertainment
An uplifting story. Lots of old great songs
Published 20 days ago by Lorraine Pavlus
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
just what i expected, being a Jolson Fan for more than 50 years.
Published 1 month ago by john s. johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Its somewhat outdated and so are the songs. I guess I was bringing back some of those days.
Published 1 month ago by kay
5.0 out of 5 stars The Worlds Greatest Entertainer!
One of my most favorite classic movies.
Changing from VHS to DVD was definitely a better choice. Clearer picture & sound.
Very enjoyable!
Published 1 month ago by Earle
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Timeless entertainment. It would be a great if all members of our society could see both of these great musical productions
Published 3 months ago by bill clarkson
5.0 out of 5 stars A continuation of the Jolson story.
A well done follow up with much of the same cast. It is a good story and great real music. If you liked the Jolson story you will like this too.
Published 3 months ago by Stephen Ruback
5.0 out of 5 stars wives not the movies one but the real ones of Al Johnson
because I liked the songs and the story of his life would have liked to seen a real picture of his first and second wife not the movie but real life.
Published 3 months ago by charlotte brumbelow
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