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Elsie Janis (1889–1956)

Actress, songwriter ("Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere"), production supervisor and author. She performed in vaudeville as a child (known onstage as "Little Elsie") and appeared in the Broadway musicals "The Vanderbilt Cup", "The Hoyden", "The Fair Co-ed", "The Slim Princess", and "The Lady of the Slipper". She was a charter member of ASCAP in... See full bio »

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 2004 The Aviator (lyrics: "Paramount on Parade" (1930))
 1994 Forrest Gump ("Paramount Newsreel Music" (1930))
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (as E. Janis, "Paramount on Parade")
 1975 The Day of the Locust ("PARAMOUNT ON PARADE")
 1974 The Longest Yard (as Janis, "Paramount on Parade")
 1963 McHale's Navy (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Orange Blossoms for McHale (1963) ... (lyrics: "Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere)" - uncredited)
 1951 The Naughty Twenties (Documentary short) (performer: "Madamoiselle from Armentières" - uncredited)
 1949 Dear Wife (writer: "Paramount on Parade" - uncredited)
 1939 Dark Victory (lyrics: "OH, GIVE ME TIME FOR TENDERNESS" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (lyrics: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited)
 1937 The Sheik Steps Out (lyrics: "Song of the Sands")
 1932 Betty Boop's Museum (Short) (writer: "Paramount on Parade" - uncredited)
 1930 Along Came Youth (lyrics: "Any Time's The Time To Fall In Love")
 1930 Madam Satan (lyrics: "Auction Number" (1930), "All I Know Is You're in My Arms" (1930), "Low Down" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 What a Widow! (lyrics: "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere" - uncredited)
 1930 Paramount on Parade (writer: "Anytime's The Time To Fall In Love", "I'm True To The Navy Now", "Paramount on Parade", "What Did Cleopatra Say")
 1930 Slightly Scarlet (lyrics: "You Still Belong To Me")
 1929 The Trespasser (writer: "Love, Your Magic Spell is Everywhere" - uncredited)
 1926 Behind the Lines (Short) (performer: "When Yankee Doodle Learns to Parlez Vous Français", "Quand Madelon", "In the Army", "Good-Bye-ee" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: The Hoyden. Musical comedy. Music by Paul Rubens, John L. Golden and Robert Hood Bowers. Lyrics by Paul Rubens, John L. Golden and Robert Hood Bowers. Book by Cosmo Hamilton. Based on "La Soeur" by Tristan Bernard. Musical Director: Robert Hood Bowers. Featuring songs with lyrics by Raymond Peck. Featuring "A Solitary Finish" ... See more »

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Mother had been quite a good friend of Mrs. William McKinley during the time that she was the Governor's Lady in Ohio. The fact that she had become the First Lady of the land did not affect her memory, and so we were 'bidden' to the White House. Once inside any house, irrespective of color, there was no escape from my precocity. I recited and sang for the president and his charming chatelaine in ... See more »


She entertained troops during World War I so tirelessly that she became known as "The Sweetheart of the AEF.". See more »


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