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Alan Crosland in The Jazz Singer

The Jazz Singer

1927 NR

The first feature film to incorporate vocal musical numbers and some dialogue in an era of silent movies, The Jazz Singer stars Al Jolson as the son of a Jewish cantor who experiences conflict when he rejects his family heritage. He becomes a cabaret entertainer but ultimately realizes that he must find a way to balance career and family. The film received an Academy Award nod for writing and won a special Oscar for Technical Achievement.