Happy Birthday, George M. Cohan!

4 Jul

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationOkay, so George M. Cohan was actually born on July 3rd, but in show biz that’s close enough.

Ike2And considering that the Declaration of Independence was actually approved on July 2nd, he’s not as far off as, I don’t know–EVERYBODY.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationBut that’s history for you. Anyway, this is just an excuse to talk about movies. ABC has come out with the

Top 8 Movies to Watch on the 4th of July

Ike2Which weirdly includes Frost/Nixon

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationAnd inexcusably ignores the greatest 4th of July movie ever–Yankee Doodle Dandy!

Ike2See Jimmy. See Jimmy dance!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationNow, that’s entertainment! By the way, a lot of people have the impression that the weird dancing style was just Cagney being Cagney, but he was actually doing an impression of George M. Cohan’s stiff-legged, loose-armed style. Here’s the original himself, with Jimmy Durante, in a thankfully rare movie appearance:

Ike2Yep, nothing uncomfortable about that clip.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationGotta love the irony of a white dude singing about freedom in blackface. And here’s Cohan in what has to be one of the creepiest “love” scenes ever, with Claudette Colbert:

Ike2Both of those scenes, by the way, are from the 1932 political satire The Phantom President, which is definitely going at the top of my must-not-see list.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationSo anyway, let’s wish a great, big, almost-birthday to George M. Cohan–

Ike2Hey, according to Wikipedia, Cohan wasn’t even his real name. It was Keohane!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationMan, this guy gets shadier by the second.

Ike2“Nothing about a Yankee that’s a phony,” my butt!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationLet’s just wish everybody a happy 4th.

Ike2Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationHappy 4th!

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