Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character produced by Warner Bros. Styled as an anthropomorphic black duck, the character has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, in which he has been depicted as a foil for Bugs Bunny. Daffy was one of the first of the new "screwball" characters that emerged in the late 1930s to replace traditional everyman characters who were more popular earlier in the decade, such as Mickey Mouse and Popeye. Daffy starred in 130 shorts in the golden age, making him the third-most frequent character in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons, behind Bugs Bunny's 167 appearances and Porky Pig's 162 appearances; every Warner Bros. cartoon director put his own spin on the Daffy Duck character – he may be a lunatic vigilante in one short but a greedy gloryhound in another. Both Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones made extensive use of these two different variants of Daffy's character. Daffy was number 14 on TV Guide's list of top 50 greatest cartoon characters.
Daffy first appeared in Porky's Duck Hunt, released on April 17, 1937. The cartoon was directed by Tex animated by Bob Clampett. Porky's Duck Hunt is a standard hunter/prey pairing, but Daffy was something new to moviegoers: an assertive unrestrained, combative protagonist. Clampett recalled: "At that time, audiences weren't accustomed to seeing a cartoon character do these things, and so, when it hit the theaters it was an explosion. People would leave the theaters talking about this daffy duck."This early Daffy is less anthropomorphic and resembles a "normal" black duck. In fact, the only aspects of the character that have remained consistent through the years are his voice characterization by Mel Blanc. Blanc's characterization of Daffy once held the world record for the longest characterization of one animated character by his or her original actor: 52 years; the origin of Daffy's voice, with its lateral lisp, is a matter of some debate. One often-repeated "official" story is that it was modeled after producer Leon Schlesinger's tendency to lisp.
However, in Mel Blanc's autobiography, That's Not All Folks!, he contradicts that conventional belief, writing, "It seemed to me that such an extended mandible would hinder his speech on words containing an s sound. Thus'despicable' became'desthpicable.'" Daffy's slobbery, exaggerated lisp was developed over time, it is noticeable in the early cartoons. In Daffy Duck & Egghead, Daffy does not lisp at all except in the separately drawn set-piece of Daffy singing "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" in which just a slight lisp can be heard. In The Scarlet Pumpernickel, Daffy has a middle name, Dumas as the writer of a swashbuckling script, a nod to Alexandre Dumas. In the Baby Looney Tunes episode "The Tattletale", Granny addresses Daffy as "Daffy Horatio Tiberius Duck". In The Looney Tunes Show, the joke middle names "Armando" and "Sheldon" are used. Tex Avery and Bob Clampett created the original version of Daffy in 1937. Daffy established his status by jumping into the water, hopping around, yelling, "Woo-hoo!
Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo! Woo-hoo!" Animator Bob Clampett seized upon the Daffy Duck character and cast him in a series of cartoons in the 1930s and 1940s. The early Daffy is a wild and zany screwball, perpetually bouncing around the screen with cries of "Hoo-hoo! Hoo-hoo!" Clampett physically redesigned the character, making him taller and lankier and rounding out his feet and bill. He was paired with Porky Pig. Daffy would feature in several war-themed shorts during World War II. Daffy always stays true to his unbridled nature, however. Daffy was "drafted" as a mascot for the 600th Bombardment Squadron. For Daffy Doodles, Robert McKimson tamed Daffy a bit, redesigning him yet again to be rounder and less elastic; the studio instilled some of Bugs Bunny's savvy into the duck, making him as brilliant with his mouth as he was with his battiness. Daffy was teamed up with Porky Pig. Arthur Davis, who directed Warner Bros. cartoon shorts for a few years in the late 1940s until upper management decreed there should be only three units, presented a Daffy similar to McKimson's.
McKimson is noted as the last of the three units to make his Daffy uniform with Jones', with late shorts, such as Don't Axe Me, featuring traits of the "screwball" Daffy. While Daffy's looney days were over, McKimson continued to make him as bad or good as his various roles required him to be. McKimson would use this Daffy from 1946 to 1961. Friz Freleng's version took a hint from Chuck Jones to make the duck more sympathetic, as in the 1957 Show Biz Bugs. Here, Daffy is over-emotional and jealous of Bugs, yet he has real talent, ignored by the theater manager and the crowd; this cartoon finishes with a sequence in which Daffy attempts to wow the Bugs-besotted audience with an act in which he drinks gasoline and swallows nitroglycerine and uranium-238, jumps up and down to "shake well" and swallows a lit match that detonates the whole improbable mixture. When Bugs tells Daffy that the audience loves the act an
An audition is a sample performance by an actor, musician, dancer or other performer. It involves the performer displaying their talent through a memorized and rehearsed solo piece or by performing a work or piece given to the performer at the audition or shortly before. In some cases, such as with a model or acrobat, the individual may be asked to demonstrate a range of professional skills. Actors may be asked to present a monologue. Singers will perform an aria in a Classical context. A dancer will present a routine in a specific style, such as ballet, tap dance or hip-hop, or show his or her ability to learn a choreographed dance piece; the audition is a systematic process in which industry professionals select performers, in some ways analogous to a job interview in the regular job market. In an audition, the employer is testing the ability of the applicant to meet the needs of the job and assess how well the individual will take directions and deal with changes. After some auditions, after the performer has demonstrated their abilities in a given performance style, the audition panel may ask a few questions that resemble those used in standard job interviews.
Auditions are required for many reasons in the performing arts world. Employing companies or groups use auditions to select performers for upcoming shows or productions. An audition for a performing opportunity may be for a single performance, for a series or season of performances, or for permanent employment with the performing organization. Auditions for performing opportunities may be for amateur, school, or community organizations, in which case the performers will not be paid; as well, auditions are used to screen candidates for entry to training programs. For actors in theater, TV, the "audition is a systematic process in which industry professionals make final casting decisions. Industry professionals may consist of casting directors, directors or agency representatives". In film and television, the audition is called a screen test, it is filmed so that the casting director or director can see how the actor appears on screen. Auditions are advertised in major media outlets, industry magazines and newsletters, audition websites, through a talent/casting agencies.
Some performers hire an agent, to be able to draw on the agent's connections with casting directors and performing arts companies. However, the agent will take a cut of the performer's earnings. Although an actor's talents comprise crucial criteria in the casting process, an equal amount of attention is given to an actor's "type", as required for a particular production. Actors who are selecting an audition piece may select a monologue by a character, close to their own age, they may wear neutral clothing. Auditionees may avoid going over the stated time limit. By convention, some actors choose to not direct their speech to the audition panel if they are doing an on-stage audition. In some cases, the audition panel may request. An actor, doing an audition may warm up before the audition, like an athlete would, although with an actor, a warm up might include vocal exercises in addition to stretching. Just as with any interview outside of the performing arts world, an auditionee may dress well. If the auditionee does not have expensive clothing, simple clothing may be acceptable if it is clean and of good quality.
Auditionees know casting directors are considering "whether or not the actor will be easy to work with, that they know what they are doing and can take direction well". Audition pieces are not always from the show. Most performers do select something appropriate; some auditions involve cold reading, or performing a script. Auditions involve monologues or speeches, but not always. In some cases, an auditionee is asked to read a scene. For most auditions, it is expected that auditionees will bring a professional 8"x10" photo called a "head shot" and a resume that indicates their acting experience and training. Actors may bring additional copies of the head shot and resume, in case there are additional members of the casting team present at the audition; the casting agent or company may "call back" an auditionee days, weeks, or months after the initial audition for a second audition. At a major audition for a professional company, the time limits are enforced. A musical theater performer may be given a moment to tell the piano accompanist the tempo, state their name and audition number to the audition panel.
Once the auditionee starts acting or singing, the clock starts running. A buzzer sounds when the time limit runs out, which may be a minute and a h
Walter Thomas Huston was a Canadian actor and singer. Huston won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, directed by his son John Huston, he is the patriarch of the four generations of the Huston acting family, including his son John, Anjelica Huston, Danny Huston, Allegra Huston and Jack Huston. The Huston family has three generations of Academy Award winners: Walter, his son John and John's daughter Anjelica. Huston was born in Toronto, where he attended Winchester Street Public School, he was Robert Moore Huston, a farmer who founded a construction company. He was of Irish descent, he had two sisters, one of whom was the theatrical voice coach Margaret Carrington. His family moved, before his birth, from Melville, just south of Orangeville, where they were farmers; as a young man, he in his spare time attended the Shaw School of Acting. He made his stage debut in 1902, he went on to tour in In Convict Stripes, a play by Hal Reid, father of Wallace Reid and appeared with Richard Mansfield in Julius Caesar.
He again toured in another play The Sign of the Cross. In 1904, he married Rhea Gore and gave up acting to work as a manager of electric power stations in Nevada, Missouri, he maintained these jobs until 1909. In 1909, his marriage foundering, he appeared with an older actress named Bayonne Whipple, they were billed as Whipple and Huston and, in 1915, they married. Vaudeville was their livelihood into the 1920s. Huston began his Broadway career on January 22, 1924, he appeared in Mr. Pitt. Several more Broadway plays solidified his fame, e.g. Desire Under the Elms, The Barker, Elmer the Great and Dodsworth. Once talkies began in Hollywood, he was cast as a leading man, his first major role was portraying the villainous Trampas in the western The Virginian with Gary Cooper. His early films are Abraham Lincoln, Gabriel Over the White House. Huston remained busy throughout the 1930s and 1940s, both on stage and screen, becoming one of America's most prominent actors, he starred as the title character in the Broadway theatrical adaptation from Sinclair Lewis's novel Dodsworth in 1934 and the play's film version released two years later.
For his role as Sam Dodsworth, Huston won the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and was Oscar nominated. He performed "September Song" in the original Broadway production of Knickerbocker Holiday. Huston's recording of "September Song" is heard in September Affair. Huston made an uncredited appearance in The Maltese Falcon portraying the ship's captain, shot just before delivering the black bird to Sam Spade. Walter's son, John Huston, directed the picture. John, as a practical joke, had his father die in more than 10 different takes. Among several contributions to World War II Allied propaganda films, Huston portrayed the part of a military instructor in a short propaganda film, Safeguarding Military Information; the film produced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and distributed by the War Activities Committee of the Motion Pictures Industry. This was an performance. Along with Anthony Veiller, he narrated the Why We Fight series of World War II documentaries directed by Frank Capra.
In this period he appeared in The Devil and Daniel Webster as Mr. Scratch, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Mission to Moscow, a pro-Soviet World War II propaganda film, in which he played Ambassador Joseph E. Davies. Huston played Howard in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, directed by John Huston; the film was based on B. Traven's novel, which told the story of three gold diggers in 1920s post-revolution Mexico. Walter Huston won the Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film, while John Huston won the Best Director Academy Award, thus making them the first father and son to win at the same ceremony, his last film was the western The Furies with Barbara Stanwyck. On April 7, 1950, two days after his 67th birthday, Huston died of an aortic aneurysm in his hotel suite in Beverly Hills, he was cremated and his ashes were buried at Belmont Memorial Park in Fresno, California. In 1960, Huston received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6624 Hollywood Boulevard for his contributions to motion pictures.
He is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame. Huston's son John became a screenwriter, before becoming an Academy Award-winning director and acclaimed actor. All of Huston's grandchildren have become actors, as well as his great-grandson. Granddaughter Anjelica sang "September Song" on the May 2012 episode of the NBC TV series Smash. In 1998, the biography September Song – An Intimate Biography of Walter Huston by John Weld was published by The Scarecrow Press. Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood List of actors with Academy Award nominations John Weld. September Song: An Intimate Biography of Walter Huston"; the Scarecrow Press, Inc. 1998. Walter Huston on IMDb Walter Huston at the Internet Broadway Database
Back Alley Oproar
Back Alley Oproar is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Friz Freleng and released in theaters on March 27, 1948; the short features Sylvester and Elmer Fudd as its main characters, voiced by Mel Blanc and Arthur Q. Bryan respectively; the title is a play on "uproar" and "opera". This is a rare exception for Sylvester, it is a remake of Freleng's Notes to You. Elmer is ready for bedtime. A series of gags play out. Elmer confronts Sylvester, but before Elmer can blast him with his shotgun, Sylvester sings a sweet, gentle lullaby to ease him into a deep sleep. However, this doesn't last, the insanity continues. Elmer gets defeated from explosives from his attempts to get rid of Sylvester, his spirit ends up on a cloud ascending into space. Momentarily, he thinks he will get some peace and quiet. However, the spirits of Sylvester's nine lives ascend around him, with the male and female cloned ones following them, each with a numeral on its back, singing in a multi-nonet from "Lucia di Lammermoor", with their voices.
Just after one of the cat spirits steals his halo, Elmer's spirit dives off his cloud and a crash is heard off-screen. The cartoon is a remake of Notes to You, a Looney Tunes short, directed by Freleng, it has a similar plot, although the ending of the original doesn't have the characters die from an explosion, the roles of Elmer and Sylvester were taken by Porky Pig and an unnamed alley cat. Back Alley Oproar is one of the few shorts in which Sylvester "wins out" over another character, albeit at the presumed cost of his life. At the end, the singing is made up of by what seems like three voices: Blanc's voice, the female voice from earlier, a deep voice; this cartoon was reissued with new Blue Ribbon opening titles and shown that way on television for many years. It was restored with original opening and credits for the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 2 DVD and Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, uncut and uncensored. DVD- Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2 Back Alley Oproar on IMDb Back Alley Oproar at AllMovie Back Alley Oproar on Park Circus
Bugs Bunny is an animated cartoon character, created in the late 1930s by Leon Schlesinger Productions and voiced by Mel Blanc. Bugs is best known for his starring roles in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated short films, produced by Warner Bros. Though a similar character debuted in the WB cartoon Porky's Hare Hunt and appeared in a few subsequent shorts, the definitive character of Bugs is credited to have made his debut in director Tex Avery's Oscar-nominated film A Wild Hare. Bugs is an anthropomorphic gray and white rabbit, famous for his flippant, insouciant personality, he is characterized by a Brooklyn accent, his portrayal as a trickster, his catch phrase "Eh... What's up, doc?" Due to Bugs' popularity during the golden age of American animation, he became an American cultural icon and the official mascot of Warner Bros. Entertainment, he can thus be seen in the older Warner Bros. company logos. Since his debut, Bugs has appeared in various short films, feature films, compilations, TV series, music records, video games, award shows, amusement park rides, commercials.
He has appeared in more films than any other cartoon character, is the ninth most-portrayed film personality in the world, has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to Chase Craig, who wrote and drew the first Bugs Bunny comic Sunday pages and the first Bugs comic book, "Bugs was not the creation of any one man. In those days, the stories were the work of a group who suggested various gags, bounced them around and finalized them in a joint story conference." A rabbit with some of the personality of Bugs, though looking different, was featured in the film Porky's Hare Hunt, released on April 30, 1938. It was co-directed by an uncredited Cal Dalton; this cartoon has an identical plot to Avery's Porky's Duck Hunt, which had introduced Daffy Duck. Porky Pig is again cast as a hunter tracking a silly prey, more interested in driving his pursuer insane and less interested in escaping. Hare Hunt replaces the little black duck with a small white rabbit; the rabbit introduces himself with the odd expression "Jiggers, fellers," and Mel Blanc gave the character a voice and laugh much like those he would use for Woody Woodpecker.
The rabbit character was popular enough with audiences that the Termite Terrace staff decided to use it again. According to Friz Freleng and Dalton had decided to dress the duck in a rabbit suit; the white rabbit had a shapeless body. In characterization, he was "a rural buffoon", he was loud, zany with a guttural laugh. Blanc provided him with a hayseed voice; the rabbit comes back in Prest-O Change-O, directed by Chuck Jones, where he is the pet rabbit of unseen character Sham-Fu the Magician. Two dogs, fleeing the local dogcatcher, enter his absent master's house; the rabbit harasses them but is bested by the bigger of the two dogs. This version of the rabbit was cool and controlled, he was otherwise silent. The rabbit's third appearance comes in Hare-um Scare-um, directed again by Hardaway; this cartoon—the first in which he is depicted as a gray bunny instead of a white one—is notable as the rabbit's first singing role. Charlie Thorson, lead animator on the film, gave the character a name, he had written "Bugs' Bunny" on the model sheet.
In promotional material for the cartoon, including a surviving 1939 presskit, the name on the model sheet was altered to become the rabbit's own name: "Bugs" Bunny. In his autobiography, Blanc claimed that another proposed name for the character was "Happy Rabbit." In the actual cartoons and publicity, the name "Happy" only seems to have been used in reference to Bugs Hardaway. In Hare-um Scare-um, a newspaper headline reads, "Happy Hardaway." Animation historian David Gerstein disputes that "Happy Rabbit" was used as an official name, believing that the only usage of the term was from Mel Blanc himself in humorous and fanciful tales he told about the character's development in the 1970s and 1980s. Thorson had been approached by Tedd Pierce, head of the story department, asked to design a better rabbit; the decision was influenced by Thorson's experience in designing hares. He had designed Max Hare in Toby Tortoise Returns. For Hardaway, Thorson created the model sheet mentioned, with six different rabbit poses.
Thorson's model sheet is "a comic rendition of the stereotypical fuzzy bunny". He had a pear-shaped body with a protruding rear end, his face had large expressive eyes. He had an exaggerated long neck, gloved hands with three fingers, oversized feet, a "smart aleck" grin; the end result was influenced by Walt Disney Animation Studios' tendency to draw animals in the style of cute infants. He had an obvious Disney influence, but looked like an awkward merger of the lean and streamlined Max Hare from The Tortoise and the Hare, the round, soft bunnies from Little Hiawatha. In Jones' Elmer's Candid Camera, the rabbit first meets Elmer Fudd; this time the rabbit looks more like the present-day Bugs and with a similar face—but retaining the more primitive voice. Candid Camera's Elmer character design is different: taller and chubbier in the face than the modern model, though A
Technicolor is a series of color motion picture processes, the first version dating to 1916, followed by improved versions over several decades. It was the second major color process, after Britain's Kinemacolor, the most used color process in Hollywood from 1922 to 1952. Technicolor became known and celebrated for its saturated color, was most used for filming musicals such as The Wizard of Oz and Down Argentine Way, costume pictures such as The Adventures of Robin Hood and Gone with the Wind, animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Gulliver's Travels, Fantasia; as the technology matured it was used for less spectacular dramas and comedies. A film noir—such as Leave Her to Heaven or Niagara —was filmed in Technicolor. "Technicolor" is the trademark for a series of color motion picture processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation, now a division of the French company Technicolor SA. The Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation was founded in Boston in 1914 by Herbert Kalmus, Daniel Frost Comstock, W. Burton Wescott.
The "Tech" in the company's name was inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where both Kalmus and Comstock received their undergraduate degrees and were instructors. Technicolor, Inc. was chartered in Delaware in 1921. Most of Technicolor's early patents were taken out by Comstock and Wescott, while Kalmus served as the company's president and chief executive officer; the term "Technicolor" has been used to describe at least five concepts: Technicolor: an umbrella company encompassing all of the below as well as other ancillary services. Technicolor labs: a collection of film laboratories across the world owned and run by Technicolor for post-production services including developing and transferring films in all major color film processes, as well as Technicolor's proprietary ones. Technicolor process or format: several custom image origination systems used in film production, culminating in the "three-strip" process in 1932. Technicolor IB printing: a process for making color motion picture prints that allows the use of dyes which are more stable and permanent than those formed in ordinary chromogenic color printing.
Used for printing from color separation negatives photographed on black-and-white film in a special Technicolor camera. Prints or Color by Technicolor: used from 1954 on, when Eastmancolor supplanted the three-film-strip camera negative method, while the Technicolor IB printing process continued to be used as one method of making the prints; this meaning of the name applies to nearly all Wikipedia articles about films made from 1954 onward in which Technicolor is named in the credits. Technicolor existed in a two-color system. In Process 1, a prism beam-splitter behind the camera lens exposed two consecutive frames of a single strip of black-and-white negative film one behind a red filter, the other behind a green filter; because two frames were being exposed at the same time, the film had to be photographed and projected at twice the normal speed. Exhibition required a special projector with two apertures, two lenses, an adjustable prism that aligned the two images on the screen; the results were first demonstrated to members of the American Institute of Mining Engineers in New York on February 21, 1917.
Technicolor itself produced the only movie made in Process 1, The Gulf Between, which had a limited tour of Eastern cities, beginning with Boston and New York on September 13, 1917 to interest motion picture producers and exhibitors in color. The near-constant need for a technician to adjust the projection alignment doomed this additive color process. Only a few frames of The Gulf Between, showing star Grace Darmond, are known to exist today. Convinced that there was no future in additive color processes, Comstock and Kalmus focused their attention on subtractive color processes; this culminated in what would be known as Process 2. As before, the special Technicolor camera used a beam-splitter that exposed two consecutive frames of a single strip of black-and-white film, one behind a green filter and one behind a red filter; the difference was that the two-component negative was now used to produce a subtractive color print. Because the colors were physically present in the print, no special projection equipment was required and the correct registration of the two images did not depend on the skill of the projectionist.
The frames exposed behind the green filter were printed on one strip of black-and-white film, the frames exposed behind the red filter were printed on another strip. After development, each print was toned to a color nearly complementary to that of the filter: orange-red for the green-filtered images, cyan-green for the red-filtered ones. Unlike tinting, which adds a uniform veil of color to the entire image, toning chemically replaces the black-and-white silver image with transparent coloring matter, so that the highlights remain clear, dark areas are colored, intermediate tones are colored proportionally; the two prints, made on film stock half the thickness of regular film, we
Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 American biographical musical film about George M. Cohan, known as "The Man Who Owned Broadway", it stars James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, features Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Vera Lewis. Joan Leslie's singing voice was dubbed by Sally Sweetland; the film was written by Robert Buckner and Edmund Joseph, directed by Michael Curtiz. According to the special edition DVD, significant and uncredited improvements were made to the script by the famous "script doctors", twin brothers Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein. In 1993, Yankee Doodle Dandy was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant". In the early days of World War II, Cohan comes out of retirement to star as President Roosevelt in the Rodgers and Hart musical I'd Rather Be Right. On the first night, he is summoned to meet the president at the White House, who presents him with a Congressional Gold Medal.
Cohan chats with Roosevelt, recalling his early days on the stage. The film flashes back to his supposed birth on July 4, whilst his father is performing on the vaudeville stage. Cohan and his sister join the family act as soon as they can learn to dance, soon The Four Cohans are performing successfully, but George gets too cocky as he grows up and is blacklisted by theatrical producers for being troublesome. He hawks his songs unsuccessfully around to producers. In partnership with Sam Harris, another struggling writer, he interests a producer and they are on the road to success, he marries Mary, a young singer/dancer. As his star ascends, he persuades his now struggling parents to join his act vesting some of his valuable theatrical properties in their name. Cohan retires, but returns to the stage several times, culminating in the role of the U. S. president. As he leaves the White House, after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from the president, he performs a tap dance down a set of interior stairs.
Outside, he joins a military parade, where the soldiers are singing "Over There", and, at first, he isn't singing. Not knowing that Cohan is the song's composer, one of them asks. Cohan's response is a smile and joins in the singing. Uncredited Roles Cast notes: In his role as adviser to the film, George M. Cohan, who admired Fred Astaire's work, let it be known that he preferred Astaire, who bore a passing resemblance to him, to star in his life story. Warners first offered him the role but Astaire turned it down because Cohan's eccentric, stiff-legged dancing was far removed from Astaire's own, more fluid, style. James Cagney reprised the role of George M. Cohan in the movie The Seven Little Foys, but agreed only on the condition that he receive no money – he did the film as a tribute to Eddie Foy. In Yankee Doodle Dandy, Eddie Foy, Jr. played the role of his own father. In The Seven Little Foys, Bob Hope portrayed Foy. Actress Jeanne Cagney, who played the part of Cohan's sister, was James Cagney's real-life sister.
Cagney's brother, William Cagney, was the Associate Producer of the film. Rosemary DeCamp, who played the mother of George M. Cohan, was, in fact, 11 years younger than Cagney. President Franklin D. Roosevelt was played by Captain Jack Young, a lookalike, seen only from the back. An impressionist, Art Gilmore, provided the voice of Roosevelt, uncredited. Gilmore would narrate the Joe McDoakes film shorts produced by Warners, became a well-known announcer on television through the 1970s. Uncredited cast members include Eddie Acuff, Murray Alper, Ward Bond, Walter Brooke, Georgia Carroll, Glen Cavender, Spencer Charters, Wallis Clark, William B. Davidson, Ann Doran, Tom Dugan, Bill Edwards, Frank Faylen, Pat Flaherty, James Flavin, William Forrest, William Gillespie, Joe Gray, Creighton Hale, John Hamilton, Harry Hayden, Stuart Holmes, William Hopper, Eddie Kane, Fred Kelsey, Vera Lewis, Audrey Long, Hank Mann, Frank Mayo, Lon McCallister, Edward McWade, George Meeker, Dolores Moran, Charles Morton, Jack Mower, Paul Panzer, Francis Pierlot, Clinton Rosemond, Syd Saylor, Frank Sully, Dick Wessel, Leo White, Mickey Daniels and Dave Willock.
Cagney was a fitting choice for the role of Cohan since, like Cohan, he was an Irish-American, a song-and-dance man early in his career. His unique and odd presentation style, of half-singing and half-reciting the songs, reflected the style that Cohan himself used, his natural dance style and physique were a good match for Cohan. Newspapers at the time reported that Cagney intended to consciously imitate Cohan's song-and-dance style, but to play the normal part of the acting in his own style. Although director Curtiz was famous for being a taskmaster, he gave his actors some latitude. Cagney and other players came up with a number of "bits of business", as Cagney called them, meaning improvised lines or action in theater parlance. A number of the biographical particulars of the movie are Hollywood-ized fiction, such as omitting the fact that Cohan divorced and remarried, combining Cohan's two wives Ethel and Agnes into a single character named Mary, taking some liberties with the chronology of Cohan's life and the order of his parents' deaths.
In one scene, after Cohan suffers a flop with an atypical non-musical drama, "Popularity," he composes a telegram apologizing to the public. He walks out of the Western Union office to find newspaper sellers announcing the torpedoing of the Lusitania. In realit