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.
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?
In a voice-over, James Cagney
, as George M. Cohan
, says "I was a good Democrat, even in those days." In reality, Cohan was a lifelong ultra-conservative Republican who despised President Franklin D. Roosevelt
. Initially, Cohan was a supporter of Roosevelt, but became disenchanted with him and his New Deal policies. Cohan's dislike for the President was such that, although awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 1936, he put off meeting with Roosevelt until 1940 to receive it. This occurred when the White House staff noted that Cohan would be in Washington, D.C. for the out-of-town tryout of his play THE RETURN OF THE VAGABOND. It seemed an opportune time to arrange the meeting, and Cohan agreed. It was fortunate timing: that play turned out to be Cohan's last, and he never appeared onstage again - in Washington or New York. See more
At one point during the "Harrigan" number, instead of singing "H-A-double R-I..." Cagney/Cohan sings "H-A-W-R-I...." See more
I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
Also available in a computer colorized version. See more
(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