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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

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

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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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The Yankee Doodle Dandiest Entertainment of 'em all! See more »


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6 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Triunfo supremo  »

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$11,800,000 (USA)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Frances Langford is listed in the credits simply as "Singer". In the film, Cagney calls her "Nora", so this character is probably the real-life Nora Bayes (1880-1928). Bayes was a popular performer who recorded many Cohan songs and entertained the troops with Cohan during World War I. Bayes wrote the song "Shine on Harvest Moon" and was the subject of the Warner Brothers biopic Shine on Harvest Moon (1944). In "Yankee Doodle Dandy", Langford also sings the medley "In a Kingdom of Our Own" / "Love Nest" / "Nellie Kelly, I Love You" / "The Man Who Owns Broadway" / "Molly Malone"/ "Billie" that backs up one of Don Siegel's great montage sequences. Langford sang "Over There" to WW II American troops and toured with Bob Hope to entertain American troops in WW II, Korea and Viet Nam. See more »

Goofs

"After leaving his meeting with the president, which has supposedly been taking place in the White House's Oval Office, Cohan walks down a grand staircase before exiting the building. The Oval Office is on the ground floor of the White House."

George M. Cohan meets with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in an oval room that is on the 2nd floor of the White House. This would be the Yellow Room which FDR used as a private study. It is not the famous Oval Office located in the West Wing. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Yankee Doodle Donkey (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
(1863) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Louis Lambert
Played and sung as part of the "You're a Grand Old Flag" sequence
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A favorite since I was a child
11 June 2002 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

So it takes liberties with facts. So it's jingoistic. Big deal! I adore it for its depiction of turn-of-the-(20th}century New York, especially its theater, which has fascinated me for years. And it has the breath-taking performance of Jimmy Cagney in the title role; he's absolutely elecrifying in the musical numbers. If some scenes are mawkish, well, I think that can be forgiven.

This movie, above all others, make me so proud to be an American.


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