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The Jazz Singer (1927)

Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, Mary McAvoy, Warner Oland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Josef Rosenblatt. Jakie Rabinowitz is the son of a Jewish cantor. Turning his back on family tradition, Jakie transforms himself into cabaret-entertainer Jack Robin. When Jack comes home to visit his parents, he is warmly greeted by his mother, but is given the cold-shoulder by his father, who feels that Jack is a traitor to his heritage by singing jazz music. On the eve of his biggest show business triumph, Jack receives word that his father is dying.

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, May McAvoy, WarnerOland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, JosefRosenblatt. A melodramatic story of a Jewish cantor's son (AlJolson) who aspires to be a jazz singer despite his father'sobjection and religious tradition. In motion picture history,this marks the first feature film to utilize synchronous sound.Jolson's songs include "Toot, toot, tootsie", "Blue skies", and"Mammy". 89 min. ;

The Jazz Singer (1927)

Directed by Alan Crosland. Cast: Al Jolson, Mary McAvoy, Warner Oland, William Demarest, Eugenie Besserer, Otto Lederer, Josef Rosenblatt. Jakie Rabinowitz is the son of a Jewish cantor. Turning his back on family tradition, Jakie transforms himself into cabaret-entertainer Jack Robin. When Jack comes home to visit his parents, he is warmly greeted by his mother, but is given the cold-shoulder by his father, who feels that Jack is a traitor to his heritage by singing jazz music. On the eve of his biggest show business triumph, Jack receives word that his father is dying.

The Love of Sunya (1927)

Directors, Albert Parker. Cast: Gloria Swanson, John Boles, Anders Randolph, Andres De Segurola, Hugh Miller, Pauline Garon. A young woman meets an Eastern yogi who believes that he wronged her in a past life. He tries to make amends by allowing her to see what her future life would be like with each of her four suitors. From a play by Max Marcin and Charles Guernon. 80 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Plastic Age (1925)

Directed by Wesley Ruggles. Cast: Clara Bow, Donald Keith, Gilbert Roland, Mary Alden, Henry B. Walthall, J. Gordon Edwards, Jr., Felix Valle, David Butler. Clara Bow plays Cynthia Day, a tough girl at Prescott College who runs with a fast crowd. A freshman, Hugh Carver, falls for her, though Cynthia knows her lifestyle is bad for him. In their senior year, Cynthia becomes more quiet and studious, and finally regains Hugh, now a football hero, who never stopped loving her. 73 min.

The Red Kimono (1925)

Directed by Walter Lang. Story by Adela Rogers St. Johns; adaptation by Dorothy Arzner. Cast: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller, Mary Carr, Virginia Pearson, Tyrone Power, Sr. "Gabrielle Darley is lured into prostitution by a village sport, who uses her earnings to support both himself and her. Gabrielle later discovers that her lover is planning to marry another woman, and she shoots him dead as he is buying a wedding ring in a jewelry store. Gabrielle is tried and acquitted.

The Red Kimono (1925)

Directed by Walter Lang. Cast: Priscilla Bonner, Nellie Bly Baker, Carl Miller, Mary Carr, Virginia Pearson, Tyrone Power, Sr.A vulnerable young woman, whose blind trust in a man leads her into a New Orleans bordello, endures the hardships of that life, but is eventually driven to murdering her lover. A sympathetic jury acquits her and after a period of hardship she ultimately finds happiness. 80 min. ; Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database

The Sheik (1921)

Directed by George Melford. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Adolph Menjou. A desert sheik kidnaps an English girl and holds her captive. Later an evil Arab abducts her. When the sheik rescues her, she admits that she loves him and they are married. Based on the novel by Edith M. Hull; adaptation by Monte M. Katterjohn. 79 min. ; Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database See also: Rudolph Valentino bibliography

The Sheik(1921)

Directed by George Melford. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Adolph Menjou. A desert sheik kidnaps an English girl and holds her captive. Later an evil Arab abducts her. When the sheik rescues her, she admits that she loves him and they are married. Based on the novel by Edith M. Hull; adaptation by Monte M. Katterjohn. 79 min. ; Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database
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The Son of the Sheik (1926)

Directed by George Fitzmaurice. Cast: Rudolph Valentino, Agnes Ayres, Vilma Banky, George Fawcett, Montague Love, Karl Dane, Bull Montana, Binunsky Hyman. A sheik's son is lured into a thieves' trap by a beautiful girl. When he escapes, he kidnaps the girl, they fall in love, and ride off into the sunset together. 68 min. Credits and other information from Internet Movie Database
See also:Rudolph Valentino bibliography

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