Review: ‘Say It with Songs’

With Al Jolson, Say It with Songs is a marked advancement for him as a screen player. It far overshadows The Jazz Singer or The Singing Fool in that respect.

With Al Jolson, Say It with Songs is a marked advancement for him as a screen player. It far overshadows The Jazz Singer or The Singing Fool in that respect.

Jolson is happily cast as a radio singer. Again the story [by Darryl F. Zanuck and Harvey Gates] has him married with a son, the same Davey Lee. Jolson, the kid, and Marian Nixon, as the wife and mother, are the picture.

The station announcer tries to make Marian Nixon. He is Jolson’s best friend in the film. So that night while driving with the announcer toward the station, the radio singer lets him have it. The blow that does the trick sends the announcer against a stone cornice, and the husband-father gets life for manslaughter.

Al sings seven songs in all, four by DeSylva, Brown and Henderson.

Much of the smoothness of the running is due to the direction by Lloyd Bacon. Nixon looks nice, in not a brilliant role.

Say It with Songs

Production

Warner. Director Lloyd Bacon; Screenplay Joe Jackson

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1929. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Al Jolson Davey Lee Marian Nixon Holmes Herbert Fred Kohler John Bowers
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