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A Plantation Act (1926)

Dressed in overalls and wearing black-face makeup, Jolson sings three of his hit songs. For the complete list, follow the soundtrack link.

Director:

Philip Roscoe (uncredited)

Star:

Al Jolson
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Complete credited cast:
Al Jolson ... Himself
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Dressed in overalls and wearing black-face makeup, Jolson sings three of his hit songs. For the complete list, follow the soundtrack link.

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Short | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1926 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Al Jolson in 'A Plantation Act' See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Vitaphone production reel #359. See more »

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Featured in The Race to Save 100 Years (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

April Showers
(uncredited)
Music by Louis Silvers
Lyrics by Buddy G. DeSylva
Performed by Al Jolson
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Primarily for Vocal Interest
14 January 2005 | by aciolinoSee all my reviews

The Plantation Act gives us an excellent opportunity to hear Jolson's voice as it sounded during his prolific Broadway run. And to judge, even by this 1925 recording, his voice is astonishing. It is rich, complex, and very, very powerful. Pay particular attention to the end of "April Showers." Jolson performs some amazing vocal pyrotechnics, impossible for any other pop singer I've ever heard, a long note on the word, "come," he actually changes the timbre of his voice in a way I have not heard from any other singer. It is truly remarkable.

One does get the sense that Jolson is particularly uncomfortable in front of the camera (as he would be for the remainder of his career). He seems to want to break out and bound around the stage, as he would have in a real show. It is nevertheless worth hearing just for his voice.


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