Cohan has long been at the top of my list as one of the most patriotic films ever and is almost always shown each year on the fourth of July. Veterans day and Memorial day are equally great dates I pick to enjoy this great American classic. Watching the movie doesn't always happen exactly on those days for various reasons but I make the effort. The movie always makes me feel good and very proud to be an American. Cohan, a patriotic song designed to galvanize American young men to enlist in the army and fight.
News News. Where would we be on the Fourth of July without all of that glorious, glorious music? One, of course, was the march king himself, John Phillip Sousa. In creating the great American march sound, Sousa honed in on already existing musical styles, particularly from Central Europe and Germany, where marches were popularly used in opera and operetta. Hidden incognito in a back row, Cohan not only got to see his old pal Jimmy Cagney turn in an Oscar-winning performance; he also got to hear the cheers of the crowd whenever one of his songs was being played. No greater gift can be given to a composer at the end of his life and career. Cohan, an Irish American composer, dancer, singer and showman, virtually created the style known as the American musical theater.
Joan Leslie's singing voice was partially dubbed by Sally Sweetland. According to the special edition DVD, significant and uncredited improvements were made to the script by the twin brothers Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. The film was a major hit for Warner Brothers. It was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four.