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Elsie Janis (1889–1956)

Actress, songwriter ("Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere"), production supervisor and author. She performed in vaudeville as a child (known onstage as "Little Elsie") and appeared in the Broadway musicals "The Vanderbilt Cup", "The Hoyden", "The Fair Co-ed", "The Slim Princess", and "The Lady of the Slipper". She was a charter member of ASCAP in... See full bio »

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Forrest Gump Soundtrack
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 2004 The Aviator (lyrics: "Paramount on Parade" (1930))
 1994 Forrest Gump ("Paramount Newsreel Music" (1930))
 1984 Racing with the Moon (as E. Janis, "Paramount on Parade")
 1976 Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (writer: "Paramount on Parade" - as E. Janis)
 1975 The Day of the Locust (writer: "Paramount on Parade")
 1974 The Longest Yard (as Janis, "Paramount on Parade")
 1963 McHale's Navy (TV Series) (lyrics - 1 episode)
- Orange Blossoms for McHale (1963) ... (lyrics: "Love (Your Spell Is Everywhere)" - uncredited)
 1953 The War of the Worlds (writer: "Paramount on Parade" - uncredited)
 1951 The Naughty Twenties (Documentary short) (performer: "Madamoiselle from Armentières" - uncredited)
 1949 Dear Wife (writer: "Paramount on Parade" - uncredited)
 1939 Dark Victory (lyrics: "OH, GIVE ME TIME FOR TENDERNESS" (1939) - uncredited)
 1939 The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (lyrics: "The Darktown Strutters' Ball" - uncredited)
 1937 The Sheik Steps Out (lyrics: "Song of the Sands")
 1930 Along Came Youth (lyrics: "Any Time's the Time to Fall in Love" - uncredited)
 1930 Madam Satan (lyrics: "Live and Love Today" (1930), "All I Know Is You're in My Arms" (1930), "Low Down" (1930) - uncredited)
 1930 What a Widow! (lyrics: "Love, Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere" - uncredited)
 1930 Paramount on Parade (writer: "Anytime's the Time to Fall in Love", "I'm True to the Navy Now", "Paramount on Parade", "What Did Cleopatra Say")
 1930 Slightly Scarlet (lyrics: "You Still Belong To Me")
 1929 The Trespasser (writer: "Love, Your Magic Spell is Everywhere" - uncredited)
 1926 Behind the Lines (Short) (performer: "When Yankee Doodle Learns to Parlez Vous Français", "Quand Madelon", "In the Army", "Good-Bye-ee" - uncredited)
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Other Works:

Stage Play: Over the River. Musical extravaganza. Music by John Golden. Book by George V. Hobart and H.A. Du Souchet. Lyrics by John Golden. Based on a play by H.A. Du Souchet. Musical Direction by DeWitt C. Coolman. Additional music by Elsie Janis, Edward J. Griffin, Charles Grant, William H. Penn, Jean Schwartz, Egbert Van Alstyne, ... See more »

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Mother had been quite a good friend of Mrs. William McKinley during the time that she was the Governor's Lady in Ohio. The fact that she had become the First Lady of the land did not affect her memory, and so we were 'bidden' to the White House. Once inside any house, irrespective of color, there was no escape from my precocity. I recited and sang for the president and his charming chatelaine in ... See more »


Starred in a "Talkie" short performing for the troops on location in "Behind The Lines' (1926), one year before "The Jazz Singer" (1927), which was generally accepted as the first full length feature with sound. See more »


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