A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs. Written by
Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>
The Yankee Doodle Dandiest Entertainment of 'em all!
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Did You Know?
According to James Cagney
's autobiography his brother William Cagney
(who was also his manager) actively pursued the role of ultra-patriotic George M. Cohan
for James as a way of removing the taint of James' political activities in the 1930s, when he was a strong, somewhat radical supporter of President Franklin D. Roosevelt
. When Cohan himself learned about Cagney's background as a song-and-dance man in vaudeville, he approved him for the project. See more
In the "You're A Grand Old Flag" number, which supposedly takes place in the 1906 production of "George Washington Jr.," an African-American chorus pays tribute to a backdrop image of Abraham Lincoln
, seated in a chair. The Lincoln image is taken from Daniel Chester French's sculpture for the Lincoln Memorial. This sculpture was not completed until the opening of the Lincoln Memorial in 1922. See more
I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung by Frances Langford
, James Cagney
Reprised by marching soldiers at the end See more