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.
Meredith Willson, who went on to write the prize winning musical play and movie "The Music Man", toured as a musician with Sousa's band in the early 1920's.
John Philip Sousa:
What in the name of all get out's been keeping you so long?
Jennie Sousa: I was hearing the children's prayers.
John Philip Sousa: Does that take all night?
Jennie Sousa: They were praying for you.
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.