This Day in Jewish History, 1927 Alleged First Talkie, Al Jolson’s 'The Jazz Singer,' Hits World Screens

Not that most of the world could hear the music or Jolson ad-libbing, but sound caught on quickly.

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On October 6, 1927, “The Jazz Singer” starring Al Jolson had its world premiere in New York. The Warner Brothers film is remembered as the first talkie, but that’s not quite correct.