Friday, October 30, 2009

Worth 1,000 Words: LARRY PARKS as AL JOLSON


LARRY PARKS, OSCAR NOMINATED FOR THE JOLSON STORY (1946), gives out with For Me and My Gal in this dynamic scene from 1949's JOLSON SINGS AGAIN, the sequel to THE JOLSON STORY. It was Al Jolson's actual singing voice expertly lip synched by Parks in both movies. This vintage movie still was one of my prized possessions (I recently sold it), since it is autographed by Parks. Incidentally, there were plans for a third film about Jolie's life, this time starring Jolson as himself, when he suddenly died in October, 1950, after entertaining troops in Korea. [from Steve Crum's showbiz memorabilia collection]
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You ain't heard nothin' yet until you hear Jolson sing Is It True What They Say About Dixie? from Jolson Sings Again here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1TqhqaT5hnQ

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