Unrated | | Biography, Comedy, Music
A film biography of the composer John Philip Sousa, from his early days in the Marine Corps Band through the Spanish-American War in 1898.
In supplemental material on the DVD they reveal that, while the story for the most part follows Sousa's autobiography, Willy Little and Lilly Becker never existed. They were added by the screen writers to add a little love interest.
John Philip Sousa:
Upon my word, ma'am, I've never danced with so charming and graceful a two-stepper.
Jennie Sousa: And upon mine, sir, I've never danced with so charming and flattering a liar.
Sousa held the rank of Warrant Officer rather than Sergeant Major when he left the Marine Corps in 1892.
During the opening display of 20th Century Fox's logo, Sousa's "Semper Fidelis" was played instead of the usual 20th Century fanfare
Some releases include at the end a clip of the real John Philip Sousa leading the band in one of his famous marches.