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List of Al Jolson Movies: Ranked Best To Worst

1. Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
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Rhapsody in Blue
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Based on the life of famous Broadway composer, George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue showcases the life and times and struggles of Gershwin as he frenetically chases success and fame while sabotaging his romantic relationships. This biographical musical also involves elements of drama and romance as the turbulent professional life of Gershwin clashes with his romance with singer, Julie Adams, and socialite. Christine Gilbert.

As:
Cast
Director:
Irving Rapper
Genres:
Biography, Musical, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
Alexis Smith, Oscar Levant, Robert Alda, Charles Coburn, Joan Leslie
2. Hallelujah I'm a Bum (1933)
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Hallelujah I'm a Bum
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As:
Cast
Role:
Bumper
Director:
Lewis Milestone
Genres:
Drama, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Chester Conklin, Harry Langdon, Frank Morgan, Madge Evans,
3. Wonder Bar (1934)
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Wonder Bar
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As:
Cast
Role:
Al Wonder
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Musical, Drama, Crime, Romance
Star Cast:
Ricardo Cortez, Dolores del Rio, Kay Francis, Dick Powell,
4. Show Girl in Hollywood (1930)
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Show Girl in Hollywood
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Dixie is an actress who comes across Frank, a director, who promises her an opportunity in Hollywood. However, when Dixie arrives in California, she is disappointed to see that Frank has been fired from the studio.

As:
Cast
Director:
Mervyn LeRoy
Genres:
Drama, Musical, Comedy
Star Cast:
Loretta Young, Blanche Sweet, Ford Sterling, Jack Mulhall, John Miljan
5. Jolson Sings Again (1949)
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Jolson Sings Again
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Singer Jolson takes an early retirement as per his wife’s wish, but realizing the importance of music-performance in his life, she later leaves him. After his comeback in the 1940s, he turns more towards frivolous living. But at the beginning of WWII, Jolson starts traveling around to entertain military troops and meets Ellen Clark, an appealing nurse who brings new meaning to his life.

As:
Cast
Director:
Henry Levin
Genres:
Music, Biography
Star Cast:
Bing Crosby, Barbara Hale, Myron McCormick, Ludwig Donath, William Demarest
6. Rose of Washington Square (1939)
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Rose of Washington Square
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Set in 1920s New York City, the film revolves around the turbulent love life of an aspiring singer, who becomes a star after she is spotted by a successful Broadway minstrel performer and joins the famed Ziegfeld Follies.  Although he is also in love with her, she does not recognize it; instead falls for a charming con man. 

As:
Cast
Role:
Ted Cotter
Director:
Gregory Ratoff
Genres:
Musical, Romance, Drama
Star Cast:
William Frawley, Joyce Compton, Alice Faye, Tyrone Power
7. The Singing Kid (1936)
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The Singing Kid
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As:
Cast
Role:
Al Jackson
Director:
William Keighley, Busby Berkeley
Genres:
Romance, Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Hattie McDaniel, Edward Everett Horton, Lyle Talbot, Beverly Roberts, Sybil Jason
8. The Jazz Singer (1927)
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The Jazz Singer
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As:
Cast
Role:
Jakie Rabinowitz
Director:
Alan Crosland
Genres:
Drama, Musical, Romance, Music
Star Cast:
Eugenie Besserer, Warner Oland, May McAvoy, Otto Lederer,
9. Mammy's Boy (1923)
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Mammy's Boy
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As:
Cast
Role:
Al
Director:
Genres:
Short
10. Hollywood Cavalcade (1939)
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Hollywood Cavalcade
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Film director, Michael Linnett Connors, chooses Broadway singer Molly Adair, to be in his next film.  Although Molly is in love with Connors, thinking that he doesn’t reciprocate her feelings, she marries her co-star. Connors fires her out of misunderstanding, but his career eventually starts to decline with the beginning of the sound era.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, History, Drama
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, Buster Keaton, Alice Faye, J. Edward Bromberg, Alan Curtis
11. A Day at Santa Anita (1937)
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A Day at Santa Anita
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Peaches, orphaned daughter of a horse-trainer father, has inherited his race-horse, Wonder Boy, with whom she shares a special bond. So, her presence is required at races for him to win. But those betting on other horses ensure that the child authorities take her custody. However, Mrs. Van Gordon rescues and takes her to race-track in time, inspiring Wonder Boy to win. 

As:
Cast
Director:
Bobby Connolly
Genres:
Short, Family, Drama
Star Cast:
Olivia de Havilland, Edward G. Robinson, Bette Davis, Sybil Jason, Marcia Ralston, Matthew 'Stymie' Beard, Joseph Crehan
12. Swanee River (1939)
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Swanee River
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As:
Cast
Role:
Edwin P. Christy
Director:
Sidney Lanfield
Genres:
Drama
Star Cast:
Don Ameche, Chick Chandler, Andrea Leeds, Felix Bressart
13. Go Into Your Dance (1935)
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Go Into Your Dance
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Broadway star Al Howard’s irresponsible behavior costs him his work. His sister Molly unsuccessfully tries to find him job; then request friend Dorothy to team up with him, which fetches great success. Al decides to open his own club on Broadway for which he not only borrows money from a gangster, but also gets entangled with his wife, ignoring dedicated Dorothy’s warnings.

As:
Cast
Role:
Al Howard
Director:
Genres:
Drama, Romance, Musical, Crime
Star Cast:
Glenda Farrell, Barton MacLane, Ruby Keeler, Patsy Kelly
14. The Singing Fool (1928)
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The Singing Fool
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As:
Cast
Role:
Al Stone
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Musical, Drama
Star Cast:
Arthur Housman, Betty Bronson, Josephine Dunn, Reed Howes,
15. Mammy (1930)
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Mammy
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This drama film tells the story of Al Fuller, star of a traveling minstrel troupe. He falls for the beautiful Nora, who is the daughter of the owner of the troupe. However, Nora seems to have feelings for another man.

As:
Cast
Role:
Al Fuller
Director:
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Hobart Bosworth, Lowell Sherman, Louise Dresser, Lois Moran,
16. New York Nights (1929)
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New York Nights
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As:
Cast
Director:
Lewis Milestone
Genres:
Drama, Crime
Star Cast:
Jean Harlow, Roscoe Karns, Gilbert Roland, Norma Talmadge, Lilyan Tashman
17. Big Boy (1930)
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Big Boy
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As:
Cast
Role:
Gus
Director:
Alan Crosland
Genres:
Comedy, Musical
Star Cast:
Lloyd Hughes, Eddie Phillips, Claudia Dell, Louise Closser Hale,
18. Say It with Songs (1929)
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Say It with Songs
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As:
Cast
Role:
Joe Lane
Director:
Lloyd Bacon
Genres:
Drama, Musical
Star Cast:
Holmes Herbert, Marian Nixon, Kenneth Thomson, Davey Lee
19. Hollywood Handicap (1938)
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Hollywood Handicap
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A group of friends get a race horse after its owner decides to retire. Soon, they gather some money so that they can compete at the Hollywood Derby.

As:
Cast
Director:
Genres:
Music, Comedy, Short
Star Cast:
Mickey Rooney, Bing Crosby, Sing Band The Original, Charles Ruggles, Stuart Erwin, June Collyer
20. Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 12 (1937)
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Screen Snapshots Series 16, No. 12
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As:
Cast
Director:
Ralph Staub
Genres:
Sport, Documentary, Short
Star Cast:
Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, Ralph Bellamy, Madeleine Carroll, Ralph Staub