Ford Startime

Season 1 Episode 2

The Jazz Singer

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Oct 13, 1959 on NBC
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The Jazz Singer
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In this adaptation of the Rafaelson play, Lewis plays a small time night club comic-singer who is about to get a big break on national television but is at odds with his father who is a Cantor that feels his son is not in the proper vocation. When the father falls ill, Jerry must grapple with filling in for his ailing father or perform on television for his big break.moreless

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  • Joey forsakes his father's dream of replacing him as cantor at the synagogue to become a professional entertainer. On Yom Kipper, on the verge of getting his big break, Joey learns his father is dying.moreless

    4.5
    Apparently playing the Jolsen part in "The Jazz Singer" was a lifelong dream of Jerry Lewis'. Dreams die hard.

    The critics always hated Jerry and he hated the critics, but to be honest there's not a whole lot to praise about this production, and I'm a big Jerry fan. The story is reworked so Jerry is a singer/comedian named Joey (his real name) instead of a jazz singer, but his comedy isn't particularly sharp and his songs aren;t anything to write home about. It's nice to see Alan Hale (the actor who played Fred Flintstone) as Jerry's Uncle, but that won't hold you through an hour of this. Anna Maria Allbergetti co-starred with Dean Martin in his first film without Jerry, and she would soon play Jerry's love interest in "Cinderfella" but she makes little impact here.

    Jerry's music composer Walter Scharf uses "A World That Swings" as some background music in the nightclub scene. He would later add lyrics and Jerry would sing it as Buddy Love in "The Nutty Professor".moreless
Jerry Lewis

Jerry Lewis

Joey Robbins

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Molly Picon

Molly Picon

Sarah Rabinowitz

Guest Star

Eduard Franz

Eduard Franz

Cantor Rabinowitz

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