Eugenie Besserer was the first female to speak in a full length
talkie. She played Al Jolsen?s mother, Sara Rabinowitz in the film
the Jazz Singer.
?354 words were spoken in total - 340 by Al Jolson, the star of the
film, 13 by Eugenie Besserer (playing his mother) and one by Warner
Oland (as his father) who said ?Stop?. Mother O?Mine was also the
FIRST record of a song from a movie.?
?1927 the first film to have dialogue spoken from the screen was Alan
Crosland?s The Jazz Singer which premiered at the Warner Theatre on
?Eugenie Besserer also makes history in her few spoken words on the soundtrack.?
Eugenie Besserer played Sara Rabinowitz
The Jazz Singer Movie Script
Dialogue transcript of scene 224 from the finished film:
After an emotional reunion with his mother, Jack tells her about his
big break and sings and plays for her Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies,"
the song he's going to do in the show. After one chorus, Jack turns
from the piano and speaks to his mother. Throughout this exchange her
protestations are heard very faintly and indistinctly.
Did you like that, Mama?
I'm glad of it. I'd rather please you than
anybody I know of. Oh, darlin', will you give
You'll never guess. Shut your eyes, Mama. Shut
'em for little Jakie. Ha. I'm gonna steal
(Kisses her. She titters.)
Ha, ha, ha, ha. I'll give it back to you some
day, too, you see if I don't. Mama, darlin',
if I'm a success in this show, well, we're
gonna move from here. Oh yes, we're gonna move
up in the Bronx. A lot of nice green grass up
there and a whole lot of people you know.
There's the Ginsbergs, the Guttenbergs, and the
Goldbergs. Oh, a whole lotta Bergs; I don't
know 'em all. And I'm gonna buy you a nice
black silk dress, Mama. You see Mrs. Friedman,
the butcher's wife, she'll be jealous of you.
Yes, she will. You see if she isn't. And I'm
gonna get you a nice pink dress that'll go
with your brown eyes.
No, Jakie, no. I-I-I-
What? Whatta you mean, no? Who is -- who is
telling you? Whatta you mean, no? Yes, you'll
wear pink or else. Or else you'll wear pink.
And, darlin', oh, I'm gonna take you to Coney
Yes, I'm gonna ride on the Shoot-the-Chutes.
An' you know in the Dark Mill? Ever been in
the Dark Mill?
Oh, no. I wouldn't go ...
Well, with me, it's all right. I'll kiss you
and hug you. You see if I don't.
(Mother starts blushing.)
Now Mama, Mama, stop now. You're gettin'
kittenish. Mama, listen, I'm gonna sing this
like I will if I go on the stage. You know,
with this show. I'm gonna sing it jazzy. Now
get this ...
Jack launches into a few more lines of the song. He bangs at the
keyboard with his right hand and turns to his mother.
Do you like that slappin' business?
As he is singing the next part, his father enters in the background and
And the music (and the dialogue) stops ...
Jazz Singer Clip
This website http://www.georgegroves.org.uk/links.html provides a Jazz
Singer clip of four minutes duration as Jolson's character, Jakie
Rabinowitz, sings and talks to his mother played by Eugenie Besserer?
You will be able to hear Eugenie Besserer speaking.
Direct link to clip:
First talking OR talkie actress words spoken
Jazz Singer words 1927
Eugenie Besserer spoken words Jazz Singer
354 words Jazz Singer
I hope the information provided is helpful!