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THE JAZZ SINGER
September 2, 2014  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

TCM has an especially rare double feature in prime time tonight. It would be noteworthy enough just to schedule 1927’s The Jazz Singer, the Warner Bros. movie credited with officially making the shift from silent to sound cinema. That movie, starring Al Jolson as a rabbi’s son who forsakes a career path as a cantor to pursue popular music stardom, is shown at 8 p.m. ET, and watching it is all but mandatory for cinephiles– as all my Rowan University Film History & Appreciation I students will learn very shortly.  But at 9:45 p.m. ET, TCM follows that with a Jazz Singer version I’ve never seen – a remake (pictured) from 1952, starring Danny Thomas and Peggy Lee. Can’t wait.

 
 
 
 
 
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