This is quite a bit of fun. All the more so for it being little known. It comes from the Bob Hope movie Seven Little Foys that was made in 1955 and has a respectable reputation. I can't say more than that since I've never seen it all the way through, but when I notice it's on I'll check it out and enjoy what I see. But the biographical story of vaudevillian Eddie Foy has never grabbed me enough to watch it all the way through. But perhaps some day.
(By the way, several of the seven little Foy children had careers of their own later in life, perhaps most notably Eddie Foy Jr, who had a solid acting career, including in the movie version of the Broadway musical Bells are Ringing. He played the con man who sets up the gambling ring and has two comic numbers, "It's a Simple System" and "Salzburg.")
But back to the movie.
In this scene, Eddie Foy Sr. (played by Bob Hope) has a friendly rivalry with an old pal from his vaudeville days, George M. Cohan, and the two have a sort of dance challenge. What's fun about this is that the actor playing Cohan is none other than...James Cagney, recreating his Oscar-winning role from Yankee Doodle Dandy, in a cameo. And yes, you therefore get to see some of those wonderful, iconic dance moves. And Bob Hopes holds his own, as well.
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