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The Eddie Cantor Story (1953)

Approved | | Biography, Drama, Music | 20 January 1954 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Keefe Brasselle ... Eddie Cantor
Marilyn Erskine ... Ida Tobias Cantor
Aline MacMahon ... Grandma Esther
Arthur Franz ... Harry Harris
Alex Gerry ... David Tobias
Greta Granstedt ... Rachel Tobias
Gerald Mohr ... Rocky Kramer
William Forrest ... Flo Ziegfeld
Jackie Barnett Jackie Barnett ... Jimmy Durante
Richard Monda ... Eddie - age 13
Marie Windsor ... Cleo Abbott
Douglas Evans Douglas Evans ... Leo Raymond
Ann Doran ... Lillian Edwards
Hal March Hal March ... Gus Edwards
Susan Odin Susan Odin ... Ida - age 11
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Big and Bright as Those Banjo Eyes!

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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Glória do Passado See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Eddie Cantor: as an audience member in the last scene watching Eddie Cantor, portrayed by Keefe Brasselle, singing. See more »

Goofs

The film has someone calling him "Eddie" when he was 13. Cantor, whose real name was Israel Iskovitz, didn't change his name to Eddie Cantor until he was 21. See more »

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Referenced in Crazy Love (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Avalon
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Music by Vincent Rose (based on "E lucevan le stelle" from the opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini)
Played as background music when Eddie's talking to Ida on the boardwalk
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If You Knew Eddie
28 March 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Not to be out done by his late rival Al Jolson, Eddie Cantor got a biographical film of his own. It's no more true to life than The Jolson Story in fact it may be less true. Cantor had his faults, but on the whole was a nicer person than Jolson. But in fact these films are only an excuse to hear the many songs identified with Cantor over the course of his almost 50 years as an active performer beginning with him as a child working in one of Gus Edwards productions for talented kids.

Keefe Brasselle is superficially suggestive of Cantor and the lipsynching of Cantor standards is performed well. I don't think he came close to capturing the inner Cantor. Best in the film is Aline McMahon as Eddie's fabled Grandma Esther who raised him after he was orphaned.

At least the Jolson Story got it right that Al Jolson was not the man's birth name, he's presented to us as Asa Yoelson the cantor's son (no pun intended) from the beginning. Eddie Cantor's real name was Izzy Ishkowitz, but that was never brought up at all. It's the biggest error of the film.

The film stops in the early 30s and Cantor had at least 20 more years of active performing. It's adequate, but catch some of his films if you want to know what a marvelous performer Eddie Cantor was.


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