Movie Fact #106 - December 1st, 2020

 

The 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy is a biography about "The Man Who Owned Broadway", George G. Cohan. As it turns out, Cohan himself served as a consultant during the production of the film though his actual involvement in the film was limited due to his failing health from cancer. Still, he approved of Cagney's portrayal and managed to see the film thanks to Warner Brothers moving up the scheduled gala premiere from July 4 (Chosen as Cohan actually was born on that day) to May 29. And because of this, Cohan lived for several more months after the film's release. But his name was etched deeper in history because of the film. Stay tuned!

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