Mt. Vernon Register-News from Mt Vernon, Illinois on September 9, 1952 · Page 14
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14 THE REGISTER-NEWS -- MT. VERNOM. ILLINOIS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 1952 Bob Thomas Al Jolson Nearly Backed Out on The First Talking Movie in 1927 By BOB THOMAS HOLLYWOOD — (AP) — "You ain't heard nothin' yet, folks; Listen to this." Those, words rank with "What Hath G6d Wrought" in their importance to the entertainment industry. They were spoken almost ^5 years ago by a blackfaced min- atrel named A] Jolson in the first talking picture, "The Jazz Singer." * * * * • The picture premiered on Oct 0, 1927, at the Warner Theater in New York. It revolutionized an industry. . "The Jazz Singer" is again being made by Warner Brothers. By a turn of fate, a number of men who worked on the original picture are today helping to make the hew version. I asked some of them for their memories of the Jolson film. • "The picture almost wasn't made," remarked Harold McCord, who cut "The Jazz Singer" and is now head of the Warner's cutting departtment. "Most people don't Ijnow that D. W. Griffith once tried to make a picture with Jolson. After Jolson saw the first couple of days' work on film, he was so disappointed that he took off for Europe and never returned to the picture. . "After watching the first few days of film for 'The Jazz Singer", Jolson was again disappointed. He didn't realize that all of the film he saw of himself wouldn't be used. He was ready to quit. But we .urged him to wait until he could see some of the film as it would appear in theaters. * * • * "The Warner Brothers were des- parate, because they had sunk all their money into the sound experiment. So I stayed up all night to cut enough of the picture for Jolson to see. He looked at it the next morning and agreed to stay. If he hadn't, sound might have been set back for years." - Louie Ruben, who started as a stage hand 45 years ago, has worked on both versions of "The Jazz Singer." He also worked on a Jolson stage show, "Honeymoon Express." • "Al was a regular guy," he remembered, "All the crew liked him. He'd get right down on his knees, but not to sing a mammy song. He'd shoot craps with the rest of us." 6EN.NAGUI6 IN CONTROL OF EGYPT GOV'T Takes Over Premiership; Ar- resfs 47 Polificons. Landlords and Princes. By l^isoeititecl 'rcss CAIRO, Egypt—Egypt's new Premier, Maj. Gen. Mohammed Naguib, called the first meeting of his cabinet Monday to speed the reforms he has vowed will follow his weekend sweep to power. The new Egyptian strong man who ousted ex-King Farouk six weeks ago, moved swiftly and without bloodshed Simday to consolidate the army's grip on the country. As he brushed aside former Premier Aly Maher, took over the premiership and swore in a new cabinet, the army rounded up 47 leading politicians, princes and friends of the royal family. Among those arrested were former Premiers Ahmed Hilaly and Ibrahim Abdel Hadi and Fuad Sc­ rag Eddin, ex-minister of interior. Eddin is boss of Egypt's dominant political party — the nationalistic Wafdists. Also taken in the army dragnet were Prince Abbas Halim and Prince Said Halim, both third cousins of Farouk, and Abdullah Sadek and Mostafa Sadek, uncles of ex-Queen Narriman. The new Premier—the seventh since January—swore he would tackle three main jobs — "a purge of the political setup, enforcement of a limitation on land ownership and a curbing of the skyrocketing cost of living." An army spokesman said Naguib would resign as soon as normal parliamentary rule is restored after forthcoming elections are held, not later than February. 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