- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 45 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: July 21, 2009
- Originally Released: 1928
- Label: Warner Archives
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
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Description by OLDIES.com:
After the The Jazz Singer, movie fans and Hollywood honchos knew what they wanted: more songs, more sentiment... more Al Jolson. So The Jazz Singer star became The Singing Fool in the heartfelt rags-to-riches-to-rags saga of Al Stone, a singing waiter who becomes a sensation, then loses everything when his two-timing wife walks out - and takes Al's beloved little boy with her. Along the way, Jolson belts out It All Depends on You, Sittin' on Top of the World and Sonny Boy, the tearjerker that became the star's signature song. Audiences ate it up. "Until the arrival in 1939 of Gone with the Wind, the most financially successful sound picture in Hollywood's history was The Singing Fool" (The Hollywood Musical).
Popular film lore has it that THE JAZZ SINGER was the film that established the talkie as the pre-eminent film medium in 1927. But it was Al Jolson's follow-up film, THE SINGING FOOL that actually introduced the sound film to the general film-going population of the United States and it was the popularity of THE SINGING FOOL that paved the way for the wide-acceptance of sound features. Jolson plays Al Stone, a singing waiter at Blackie Joe's cafe, who writes a hit song and sky-rockets to success as a Broadway headliner. Looking ahead to unlimited success, Al falls in love with scheming golddigger Molly Winton (Josephine Dunn), whom he marries. When Molly gives him a son, Sonny Boy (Davey Lee), Al is beside himself with love for his cutey-pie offspring. But when Molly deserts him for small-time gangster John Perry (Reed Howes) and takes Sonny Boy with her, Al is heartbroken. His spirit shattered, Al becomes a bum and, after a time, regains his singing waiter job at Blackie Joe's. Back at the dive, Grace (Betty Bronson), a cigarette girl secretly in love with Al, convinces him to make a comeback. Al struggles and regains his confidence and hits the stage like a trouper -- even when he hears that his beloved Sonny Boy has died in a hospital ward.