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?
is listed in the credits simply as "Singer". In the film, Cagney calls her "Nora", so this character is probably the real-life Nora Bayes
(1880-1928). Bayes was a popular performer who recorded many Cohan songs and entertained the troops with Cohan during World War I. Bayes wrote the song "Shine on Harvest Moon" and was the subject of the Warner Brothers biopic Shine on Harvest Moon
(1944). In "Yankee Doodle Dandy", Langford also sings the medley "In a Kingdom of Our Own" / "Love Nest" / "Nellie Kelly, I Love You" / "The Man Who Owns Broadway" / "Molly Malone"/ "Billie" that backs up one of Don Siegel
's great montage sequences. Langford sang "Over There" to WW I American troops and toured with Bob Hope
to entertain American troops in WW II, Korea and Viet Nam. See more
During the dock scene where Cohan is singing "Give My Regards to Broadway," the S.S. Hurrah steams away with a 48-star flag astern. The Broadway play from which the song came was produced during the time when the flag had only 45 stars. See more
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The Battle Hymn of the Republic
(circa 1856) (uncredited)
Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
Played and sung as part of the "You're a Grand Old Flag" sequence See more