A double bill of films making up a biopic of Broadway entertainer Al Jolson.
The Jolson Story (1946) 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 for Musical Scoring and Sound Recording, the film also received four Academy Award 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!
Jolson Sings Again (1949) Larry Parks reprises his unforgettable role as Al Jolson in the musical extravaganza 'Jolson Sings Again'! With Academy Award nominations for Best Writing, Cinematography and Musical Scoring, the dramatic story of one of America's all-time favourite entertainers continues in this captivating motion picture. The drama unfolds when Jolson exits retirement and heads back to Broadway, where he discovers that musical styles have changed and his exuberant brand of minstrel jazz no longer pulls top billing. Discouraged and tired of a life of wine, women and little song, Jolson turns to his friend and manager (William Demarest) who enlists him to entertain troops during the war. There he falls in love with and marries a beautiful army nurse (Barbara Hale), who encourages Al to sing again. Get set for an exciting array of Jolson's most popular songs in this electrifying and true-to-life story as Jolson Sings Again!