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>
Get ready to Laugh, to Sing, to Shout! ...For here comes Uncle Sam's Star Spangled Yankee Doodle Dandy!
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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 shot preceding the "Yankee Doodle Dandy" number, a close up of the conductor's stand shows the conductor's music, which is only a "lead sheet" with the vocal line and lyrics only. This would never be the case, especially on Broadway. The conductor always had a "piano-conductor" part with vocal line and a 2 staff accompaniment of all the music in the show. See more
I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
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Featured in Veillées d'armes
(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played as part of the "You're a Grand Old Flag" sequence See more