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
Shadow sweeping across set during "I'd rather be right" after George M. Cohan
steps off the stairs and is behind the long table. See more
I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung a cappella and danced at George's farm by Dick Chandlee
, Joyce Horne
, Joyce Reynolds
and Charles Smith See more