Jolson Sings Again

Synopsis: In this sequel to The Jolson Story, we pick up the singer's career just as he has returned to the stage after a premature retirement. But his wife has left him and the appeal of the spotlight isn't what it used to be. This time Jolson trades in the stage for life in the fast lane: women, horses, travel. It takes the death of Moma Yoelson and World War II to bring Jolson back to earth - and to the stage. Once again teamed with manager Steve Martin, Jolson travels the world entertaining troops everywhere from Alaska to Africa. When he finally collapses from exhaustion it takes young, pretty nurse Ellen Clark to show him there's more to life than "just rushing around".
Genre: Biography, Music
Director(s): Henry Levin
Production: Columbia Pictures
  Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 nomination.
96 min

A million baby kisses I'll deliver

If you will only sing the Swanee River

Rock-a-bye your rock-a-bye baby

With a Dixie melody

- Julie?

- She has left, sir.

- When? Where to? Was she packed?

- Yes, sir.

- How long ago?

- About half an hour ago.

- Do you know where, Henry?

- All I know is the airport.

- New York.

- She wouldn't let me take her...

Thanks. Steve, see what you can get me

on the next plane out of here.

Do it, will you?

Henry, get me some stuff in a bag.

I don't get it.

If something was on her mind,

why not wait and talk?

You don't just get up and go.

It does not make sense.

And my pal Steve lets me stand out there

and sing my brains out for another hour.

Why doesn't he tell me?

Haven't I got a right to know

when she gets a crazy notion like this?

- Do you think it was so sudden?

- What else?

I am thinking of the questions

she asked tonight.

- What questions?

- Were you happy?

Did you think of singing anymore?

I have told her a thousand times.

You told her,

and tonight she heard you sing.

So what?

You saw it coming, Papa.

And Steve, everybody but me.

All right, so I sang.

The crowd was yelling,

she told me to go ahead.

So I got wound up a little.

I told her, it does not mean

a thing to me anymore.

I was happy this way, the way we were.

- Steve, how about it?

- Give me time, will you?

It is going to be all right, Mamma.

I hate to run away like this

on your anniversary party.

If not for my party,

if I did not have to see a night club...


Fine! Now we got tears,

everything is solved.

- Congratulations, Mamma.

- Mamma, don't be silly.

Don't you see,

whether we'd had the party or not...

You're all set. If you're going to make it,

you better get going.

It's ready, sir.

Goodbye, Mamma.

I do not know how long I will be gone.

If I do not get back soon...

anytime you want to go home,

Steve will take care of everything.

And I will see you in Washington, maybe.

Take care of yourself, Mamma.

You, too, Papa.

So long, Tom, Steve.

Wait a second,

I am driving you to the airport.

You may think you mean it, Al...

but you will never be happy

away from show business.

And someday, if I ever feel

you quit just for my sake...

if I am ever sure you want to sing,

more than you want me...

No, I am telling you, Steve,

there is not a trace of her.

She got here all right,

but didn't check in anyplace.

I have turned the town upside down.

She hopped in a car, I guess,

and just disappeared.

Steve, I need you.

How about you coming here?

- I will be there tomorrow.

- Good, I am waiting for you.

- So long, Al.

- So long.

Maybe I don't know my own mind,

but she was what I wanted.

The only thing I ever got for myself

outside of show racket.

But I guess I've just been kidding myself.

Love, a girl, a couple of words

I must have picked up out of a song.

If she says so,

I've been dying to sing all the time.

All I ever wanted was a cheering mob.

I will say this about the cheering mob:

That was love, brother.

For 20 years,

nobody ever walked out on me.

Okay, if she says so, I am back where I was.

Singing for a living.

And it ain't a bad feeling.

The only question now is:

How fast can I get back to work?

Tom, that script of yours

I read the other day back home, it's good.

That's the show I'd like to do, if you'll

take a chance with a character like me.

- I'll consider it.

- I want to start right away.

- First thing tomorrow.

- Why not tonight?

Why don't we kick it around?

Where's the script?

- I don't walk around with it.

- Let us get it.

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Sidney Robert Buchman (March 27, 1902 – August 23, 1975) was an American screenwriter and producer who worked on about 40 films from the late 1920s to the early 1970s. He received four Oscar nominations and won once for Best Screenplay for fantasy romantic comedy film Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) along with Seton I. Miller. more…

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