Review: ‘The Singing Fool’

There are seven songs sung by Al Jolson, four seemingly new, with one, 'Sonny Boy', plugged as the theme number, sung by Jolson at three different points. Others are 'Keep Smiling at Trouble', 'Golden Gate', 'Rainbow round My Shoulder', 'Spaniard Who Blighted My Life', 'Sitting on Top of the World' and 'It All Depends on You'.

There are seven songs sung by Al Jolson, four seemingly new, with one, ‘Sonny Boy’, plugged as the theme number, sung by Jolson at three different points. Others are ‘Keep Smiling at Trouble’, ‘Golden Gate’, ‘Rainbow round My Shoulder’, ‘Spaniard Who Blighted My Life’, ‘Sitting on Top of the World’ and ‘It All Depends on You’.

Al meets two women in the picture and talks to both of them. Both talk back. Josephine Dunn doesn’t talk so well, and she looks pretty steely-hearted, even for a blonde. Betty Bronson talks a little better, but Joe Jackson’s dialog is no smash. Little David Lee playing the Jolsons’ kid is a perfect wonder. He plays sick, dead, happy, asleep, affectionate and sad, and talks.

The story opens in a side street slab called Blackie Joe’s, where Jolson is a singing waiter and Dunn the soubret. Jolson goes for the blonde, but she tells him she’s off any waiter, even after he has written a song for her that she won’t read. So he sings it to her on the floor. It is ‘It All Depends on You’. A Broadway producer is in the joint. That’s it.

The Singing Fool

Production

Warner/Vitaphone. Director Lloyd Bacon; Screenplay Joseph Jackson, C. Graham Baker; Camera Byron Haskin

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1928. Running time: 105 MIN.

With

Al Jolson Betty Bronson Josephine Dunn Reed Howes Edward Martindel Arthur Houseman
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