Shot in Technicolor.
Al Jolson's fading career received a brief revival thanks to the success of this film and its sequel. In addition to actually singing the film's songs, Jolson appears in some of the movie's long shots. Jolson, whose real name was Asa Yoelson, died in 1950.
The character of Evelyn Keyes was based on singer/dancer Ruby Keeler, the film star who was Jolson's wife.
Additional Cast: Coulter Irwin (Young priest), Bill Brandt (Orchestra leader), Fred F. Sears, Adelle Roberts, Bud Gorman, Charles Jordan, Pierre Watkin, Lillian Bond, Eugene Borden, Eddie Rio, Will Wright, Arthur Loft, Edward Keane, Eddie Fetherston, Pat Lane, Mike Lally, George Magrill, Helen O'Hara, Jessie Arnold, Donna Dax, Eric Wilton, The Robert Mitchell Boy Choir, Franklyn Farnum, and Major Sam Harris.
Additional Crew: Martin Fried (Arrangements) and Wilbur McGaugh (Assistant Director).
Songs included: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (Gus Edwards, Edward Madden), "You Made Me Love You (I Didn't Wanna Do It)" (Jimmy Monaco, Joseph McCarthy), "I'm Sitting on Top of the World" (Lew Henderson, Joe Young, Sam Lewis), "There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder" (Dave Dreyer, Billy Rose, Al Jolson), "My Mammy" (Walter Donaldson, Joe Young, Sam Lewis), "Rock-a-Bye Your Baby to a Dixie Melody" (Jean Schwartz, Joe Young, Sam Lewis), "Liza" (George & Ira Gershwin, Gus Kahn), "Waiting for the Robert E. Lee" (Lewis E. Muir, L. Wolfe Gilbert), "April Showers" (Louis Silvers, B.G. DeSylva), "About a Quarter to Nine" (Harry Warren, Al Dubin), "I Want a Girl Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad" (Harry Von Tilzer, Will Dillon), "Anniversary Song" (Al Jolson), "The Spaniard Who Blighted My Life" (Billy Merson), "Swanee" (George Gershwin, Irving Caesar), "Forty-Second Street" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren), and "Rosie You Are My Posy."