• Short Summary

    Funeral of entertainer Al Jolson plus footage of Al in Korea and in two of his Warner films.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused footage - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    American newsreel titles read: 'AL JOLSON - FINAL CURTAIN'.

    In Hollywood, California, United States of America, we see huge crowds of people outside synagogue for funeral of film star / singer / entertainer Al Jolson. High angle shot of the coffin being carried out of the synagogue.

    Cut to several shots of Jolson on his recent trip to entertain troops in Korea. He runs out into a hospital (?) garden or courtyard, talks into microphone and sings for those gathered with piano accompaniment (mute).

    M/S of still photograph of exterior of Warner cinema will billboards for Jolson's 'The Jazz Singer' talkie from 1927. Section of footage from the film of Jolson in blackface singing 'Mammy'. We then see a section from the Warner Brothers film 'Rhapsody In Blue' (biopic of George Gershwin from 1945) with Jolson in dressing room, then going on stage to sing 'Swanee'.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:15:45:00 / 01:17:26:00
    UN 2302 D

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