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This second screen adaptation of the Samson Rafaelson play Samson Rafaelson is better than the first, though not as historically important (the early Samson Rafaelson, it will be recalled, sparked the "talkie revolution" way back in 1927). Danny Thomas assumes the old Al Jolson role as the cantor's son-turned-cabaret entertainer. As Jerry Golding (Thomas) scales the heights of show business, he breaks the heart of his father (Eduard Franz), who'd hoped that Jerry would follow in his footsteps. Sorrowfully, Cantor Golding reads the Kaddish service, indicating that, so far as he is concerned, his son is dead. A tearful reconciliation (and a more upbeat denouement than was found in the original film) occurs when Jerry dutifully returns to sing the "Kol Nidre" in his ailing father's absence. Peggy Lee co-stars as Judy Lane, a musical comedy entertainer who falls in love with Jerry, while Mildred Dunnock and Alex Gerry do what they can with the stereotyped roles of Jerry's mother and uncle, respectively. This 1952 Samson Rafaelson has its faults, but it is vastly superior to the empty-headed 1980 Neil Diamond/Laurence Olivier remake. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Max Steiner Best Musical Score 1952 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ray Heindorf Best Musical Score 1952 Nominee

Cast

Danny Thomas
as Jerry Golding
Peggy Lee
as Judy Lane
Mildred Dunnock
as Mrs. Golding
Eduard Franz
as Cantor Golding
Tom Tully
as McGurney
Allyn Joslyn
as George Miller
Alex Gerry
as Uncle Louie
Hal Ross
as Joseph
Anitra Stevens
as Yvonne

Crew

Michael Curtiz
Director
Samson Raphaelson
Play Author
Frank Davis
Screenwriter
Carl Guthrie
Cinematographer
Max Steiner
Composer (Music Score)
Ray Heindorf
Composer (Music Score)
Alan Crosland, Jr.
Editor
Howard Shoup
Costume Designer
LeRoy J. Prinz
Choreography
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