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
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The Yankee Doodle Dandiest Entertainment of 'em all!
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Did You Know?
Although Josie Cohan Niblo did predecease Jerry Cohan, dying of a diagnosed heart condition in 1916 at the age of 40 (her then 13-year-old son, future screenwriter Fred Niblo, Jr., discovered her body in an upstairs hallway), his wife, Helen Costigan "Nellie" Cohan actually survived him by 11 years, dying in 1928. In the film, it is stated that both Jerry Cohan's daughter and wife predeceased him. 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
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The Man Who Owns Broadway
from the Broadway show "The Man Who Owns Broadway"
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung by Frances Langford
as part of the post-WWI medley See more