In 1927, Al Jolson redefined American cinema when he looked at the camera and asserted, "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!" He was right. Hollywood was soon producing "all-dancing, all-singing" extravaganzas featuring Maurice Chevalier, Ginger Rogers, James Cagney, and long lines of chorus girls, not to mention Jolson himself. We'll also look at the first musicals that starred African American performers such as Paul Robeson and Josephine Baker.
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