The Jazz Singer (Aired June 1, 1947)
"The World's Greatest Entertainer" recreates his 1927 film debut. Though regarded as the first "talking" picture, The Jazz Singer was actually a silent film with sound musical numbers and introductions so Jolson is able to more fully voice his famous role in this radio version. Jolson is supported by Ludwig Donath and Tamara Shayne (who portrayed Jolson's own parents in The Jolson Story and Jolson Sings Again), Bill Johnstone (The Shadow), Carlton Kadell (Tom Mix) and Bobby Ellis (radio's last Henry Aldrich). The Lux Radio Theatre was the biggest dramatic program on radio, airing from October 14, 1943 through June 7, 1955. The series showcased American's top stars in adaptations of Hollywood's most popular films. William Keighly took over as regular host in the fall of 1945 after Cecil B. DeMille quit his $2000-a-week hosting duties rather than pay a one-dollar union assessment he opposed. Show Notes From chrisneylon.com.
June 1, 1947. CBS network. "The Jazz Singer"
. Sponsored by: Lux. This is a rehearsal recording. The story of a cantor's son choosing between his career and his God. Al Jolson, Gail Patrick, Ludwig Donath, Tamara Shayne, William Keighley (host), John Milton Kennedy (announcer), Louis Silvers (music director), Carlton KaDell, William Johnstone, Edward Marr, Charles Seel, Bobby Ellis, June Whitley, Joan Winfield (intermission guest), Samson Raphaelson (author), Fred MacKaye (director), Sanford Barnett (adaptor), Charlie Forsyth (sound effects). 57:34. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.