George M. Cohan: by Ward Morehouse

George M. Cohan:

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The tremendous success of the picture Yankee Doodle Dandy should build up a market for this brisk biography of the man who owned Broadway, a real personality of the American scene. Years of personal contact and ample experience in the theatre through his work as columnist and theatre reviewer of the New York Sun, give Morehouse the necessary background for writing Cohan's story. Strongly prejudiced, sentimental, stubborn, big-hearted, George M. Cohan was the theatre over several decades. The knock-about years trooping with his family were his happiest. Song writing, skit writing, directing, producing, acting-partnership with Sam Harris -- hit after hit -- it was a record of phenomenal success, until the postwar realism put the damper on sugar-coated theatre, and Cohan began to slip. His marriage, his one-man fight against Equity, death and disappointment, all brought sadness to his later years. But he came back with Ah Wilderness and I'd Rather Be Right -- and the theatre was his real life. Adequate, though not inspired.

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 1943
Publisher: Lippincott