Definition of The Jazz Singer from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


The Jazz Singer

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the first sound film. It was made in Hollywood in 1927 by Warner Brothers and was so successful that other companies soon changed to sound. Al Jolson was the star and sang six songs, but only 354 words were actually spoken in the film. The story is about the son of a rabbi (= Jewish religious leader) who becomes a singer. Later versions of the film were made in 1953 and 1980.
‘You ain't heard nothing yet.’
Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer