Al Jolson's a kid at heart with a heart full of song in this backstage tale of a knock-'em-dead star who loses his voice and fortune, finds recovery and romance during a country respite, and returns to Broadway to knock 'em dead again.
Al Jolson's a kid at heart with a heart full of song in this backstage tale of a knock-'em-dead star who loses his voice and fortune, finds recovery and romance during a country respite, and returns to Broadway to knock 'em dead again. Jolson launches the film with a medley of his greatest hits. Great as well are the comedic crooning of The Yacht Club Boys quartet, a Hi-Di-Ho romp by legendary bandman Cab Calloway and Edward Everett Horton and Allen Jenkins lending witty comedy support. Best of all is Jolson's combo My Mammy/I Love to Sing-a number that struts from rehearsal onto the city sidewalks and builds into a gotta-dance street scene where every Mr. and Ms. John Q. Public loves to sway-a and dance-a."
Strictly for Al Jolson's most fervent fans, THE SINGING KID casts Jolie as neurotic Broadway star Al Jackson. Facing professional ruin when he loses his voice, Al heads to the country to regain his vocal timbre and to get his head back together. While recuperating, he falls in love with farm girl Ruth Haines (Beverly Roberts), the pretty aunt of precocious little Sybil Haines (Sybil Jason). The kid bids fair to steal the picture, but Big Al isn't about to let that happen! Much as it must have pained him, Jolson shares the spotlight with such specialty performers as Wini Shaw, Cab Calloway, the Yacht Club Boys and the knockabout comedy team of Mitchell and Durant. The E.Y. Harburg-Harold Arlen score includes "I Want to Sing a Mammy Song" and "I Love to Singa," which later served as the basis of an amusing MERRIE MELODIES cartoon.
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