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The Jazz Singer


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starring Neil Diamond Laurence Olivier Paul Nicholas
Lucie Amaz
Yussel 'Jess'
Rabinovitch leads a double life - as an assistant to his conservative father, the cantor of a New York synagogue, and as an aspiring pop singer and composer. When a stunt to help a musician friend lands him in jail, Jess is forced to confront his father with the truth. In spite of a promise to forget his musical ambitions, Jess soon returns to writing and performing. When the cantor discovers this, a rift opens up between them that may never be closed ...
Neil Diamond sings the hit songs, 'Love on the rocks' and 'Hello again', in this glittering new version of the famous Al Jolson movie.
Screenplay by HERBERT BAKER Produced by JERRY LEIDER
(First showing on British television)
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Unknown: Neil Diamond
Unknown: Laurence Olivier
Unknown: Paul Nicholas
Unknown: Lucie Amaz
Unknown: Neil Diamond
Unknown: Al Jolson
Unknown: Herbert Baker
Produced By: Jerry Leider
Directed By: Richard Fleischer
Jess Robin: Neil Diamond
Cantor Rabinovitch: Laurence Ouvier
Molly Bell: Lucie Arnaz
Rivka Rabinovitch: Catun Adams
Bubba: Franklyn Ajaye
Keith Lennox: Paul Nicholas
Eddie Gibbs: Sully Boyar
Leo: Mike Kelun
Paul Rossini: James Booth
Teddy: Luther Waters
Mel: Oren Waters
Timmy: Rod Gist
Rabbi Birnbaum: Walter Janowitz

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