The Song and Dance Man

The Song and Dance Man is a 1926 American silent comedy-drama film 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]

The Song and Dance Man
Film poster
Directed byHerbert Brenon
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse Lasky
Screenplay byPaul Schofield
Based onThe Song and Dance Man
by George M. Cohan
StarringTom Moore
Bessie Love
CinematographyJames Wong Howe
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • February 28, 1926 (1926-02-28) (United States)
Running time
70 minutes; 7 reels
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


"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. "Progressive Silent Film List: The Song and Dance Man". Silent Era. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  2. Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 745. OCLC 664500075.
  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. Archived from the original on August 22, 2015. 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. "American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: The Song and Dance Man / Herbert Brenon [motion picture]". Library of Congress – Performing Arts Encyclopedia. Retrieved November 9, 2014.
  7. "Newspaper Opinions". The Film Daily. Vol. 35 no. 30. February 5, 1926. p. 8.
  8. "Stage and Screen". The Cornell Daily Sun. Vol. XLVI no. 134. March 25, 1926. p. 4.
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