Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Approved  |   |  Biography, Drama, Musical  |  6 June 1942 (USA)
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A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Whorf ...
Irene Manning ...
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Jeanne Cagney ...
George Barbier ...
Walter Catlett ...
Douglas Croft ...
Eddie Foy Jr. ...
Minor Watson ...


A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs. Written by Leon Wolters <wolters@strw.LeidenUniv.nl>

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Based on the story of GEORGE M. COHAN with the Greatest of all his Great Music See more »


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6 June 1942 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to his biography the rather stiff-legged dancing style used by James Cagney in this movie is not his own. He copied Cohan's style to make the film more accurate. See more »


The song "Beat Me Daddy, Eight to the Bar" is referenced before George M. Cohan starred in the 1937 production of "I'd Rather Be Right Than Be President". The song was written in 1940. See more »


[first lines]
Critic #1: I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
Critic #2: I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
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Referenced in M*A*S*H: Yankee Doodle Doctor (1972) See more »


Blue Skies, Gray Skies
(1927) (uncredited)
from the Broadway show "The Merry Malones"
Written by George M. Cohan
Part of The Four Cohans on Broadway medley/montage
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Focus on the dancing talent of James Cagney
26 September 2004 | by (Lansing, Michigan) – See all my reviews

There are many, many James Cagney films that show his enormous talent as an actor. He was equally at home in musicals, dramas and comedies. While I have always been a fan and appreciate his unusual scope, this movie in particular caught my eye and totally blew me away when the scene I'm about to describe unfolded.

Near the very end of the film Cagney's character (George M. Cohan) bids farewell to the President and leaves the room. There is a long, open staircase he starts walking down. As he walks you sense a bit of a bounce beginning to take over his step.....one that quickly gives way to an awesome dance as he navigates the stairway. Many will not note, but this dance was a fantastic achievement on two fronts. One, it was done in one "take"...that is, the camera never stopped; the scene never "cut." The camera stays with him in one shot all the way through. Second, Mr. Cagney never ONCE looks at his feet or down at the steps. It's almost impossible to WALK down a staircase without looking down or hanging on to a banister....this man DANCED down a staircase without benefit of seeing or touching anything.

Couple this feat with the brilliant display of "hoofing" he gives earlier in the film when he literally dances up the walls and you have a movie that deserves its "classic" rating. If you haven't seen it please make it a point to do so. Any movie that is awe inspiring 62 years later must be worth a peek, don't you agree?

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