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
The writers stretch the bounds "poetic license" by trying to tie George M. Cohan
's flop Popularity (1906) with the sinking of the Lusitania (1915) and the U.S. entry into World War I (1917) as all occurring at the same time. See more
I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
Off the Record
from the Broadway show 'I'd Rather Be Right'
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Additional Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by James Cagney See more