The Song and Dance Man

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This article is about the silent film. For the 1988 children's picture book, see Song and Dance Man.
The Song and Dance Man
Song and Dance Man poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed by Herbert Brenon
Produced by Adolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Screenplay by Paul Schofield
Based on The Song and Dance Man 
by George M. Cohan
Starring Tom Moore
Bessie Love
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • February 28, 1926 (1926-02-28) (United States)
Running time
70 mins.
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

The Song and Dance Man is a 1926 American silent film comedy-drama produced by Famous Players-Lasky and released through Paramount Pictures. It is based on a play by George M. Cohan and was directed by Herbert Brenon. A copy of the film is housed in the Library of Congress collection. It is missing reels 1 and 2, but reels 3–7 of the seven-reel film survive.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


"Happy" Farrell (Moore) wants to be a famous song and dance man. He befriends a young dancer, Leola (Love), who accompanies him to an audition. Leola is given a contract, but Happy is not. Happy changes careers and becomes successful, but still yearns to be a song and dance man. After three years, Leola plans to retire from dancing so that she can get married, but Happy returns to pursue his original dream. Leola is inspired by this, and her fiancé agrees to let her continue her dancing career.[7]



The film received mixed reviews. Although the actors were praised, the plot was criticized because the two leads were not reunited at the end of the film.[7][8]


  1. ^ "The Song and Dance Man". Silent Era. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921–30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. ^ The Song and Dance Man as produced on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre, December 31, 1923;
  4. ^ Andersen, Arne. "The Lost Films of Paramount Pictures". Lost Film Files. Retrieved November 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artist Collection at The Library of Congress by The American Film Institute, p.170, c.1978
  6. ^ "The Song and Dance Man / Herbert Brenon [motion picture]". Library of Congress – Performing Arts Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 9, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Newspaper Opinions". The Film Daily 35 (30): 8. February 5, 1926. 
  8. ^ "Stage and Screen". The Cornell Daily Sun XLVI (134): 4. 25 March 1926. 

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