Celebrity Photographs

AL JOLSON / THE JAZZ SINGER / MAY McAVOY - VINTAGE PUBLICITY STILL (1937)
Welcome to the Lewis Wayne Gallery of art and collectibles. We also represent various consignors with an eclectic assortment of items ranging from the very affordable to world class treasures. Original comic art and comic strips will be listed along side high grade CGC comic books. Illustration art, movie posters and lobby cards, art glass, sports memorabilia, and Maxfield Parrish prints will be offered as well.
AL JOLSON / THE JAZZ SINGER / MAY McAVOY - VINTAGE PUBLICITY STILL (1937)

THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) Al Jolson stars as Jakie Rabinowitz, the son of Jewish cantor Warner Oland. Turning his back on family tradition, Jakie transforms himself into cabaret-entertainer Jack Robin. When Jack comes home to visit his parents, he is warmly greeted by his mother (Eugenie Besserer), but is cold-shouldered by his father, who feels that Jack is a traitor to his heritage by singing jazz music. Several subsequent opportunities for a reconciliation are muffed by the stubborn Jack and his equally stubborn father. On the eve of his biggest show-business triumph, Jack receives word that his father is dying. Out of respect, Jack foregoes his opening night to attend Atonement services at the temple and sing the Kol Nidre in his father's place. Only twenty minutes or so of The Jazz Singer is in any way a "talkie;" all of the sound sequences are built around Jolson's musical numbers. Despite its many shortcomings (the storyline goes beyond mawkish, while Jolson's acting in the silent scenes is downright amateurish), The Jazz Singer was a box-office success the like of which no one had previously witnessed. The film did turn-away business for months, propelling Warner Bros. from a shoestring operation into Hollywood's leading film factory. Synopsis courtesy of Allmovie.com.

8" x 10" photo, dated 8-17-37 on the reverse, featuring Al Jolson and May McAvoy. Very good condition with paint touch-ups, corner creasing and surface wear.

This Item Has Been Sold

Please contact lewis@lewiswaynegallery.com if you require any additional information about this piece.

Back to Category