Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

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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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Get ready to Laugh, to Sing, to Shout! ...For here comes Uncle Sam's Star Spangled Yankee Doodle Dandy! See more »


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Release Date:

6 June 1942 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The film began production without a completed script and was continually requiring rewrites. See more »


The play "Popularity" had a brief run on Broadway in 1906, almost nine years before the sinking of the RMS Lusitania (in 1915). The movie shows George performing in the "Yankee Prince" at same time. Actually, "Yankee Prince" was nearly two years later. IBDB shows George was not in another show at the time of "Popularity." George re-did "Popularity" as the musical "The Man Who Owns Broadway" in 1909 (and shown in a montage earlier in the movie). See more »


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Critic #2: I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
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Molly Malone
(1927) (uncredited)
from the Broadway show "The Merry Malones"
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung by Frances Langford as part of the post-WWI medley
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Cagney's Favorite....And It Shows!
11 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

James Cagney recalls in his autobiography that this movie was his favorite, largely due to his love of dancing. He was one of the great "tough guys" of all time on film, but dancing was his passion, he noted. It shows here. This was "a labor of love," to use a cliché, and it's obvious how much fun he was having in this film. His hoofing talent also was obvious. He was good, very good.

In fact, for the audience, most of this movie is pure "feel good." Almost all the characters are nice people, the story is inspirational and nicely patriotic and the songs are fantastic. If you pick up the two-disc special-edition DVD that came out several years ago, then you'll see this film in all it's glory. The transfer is magnificent and really brings out the great cinematography. I never realized how beautifully filmed this was until I saw this on DVD.

The story is simply the biography of George M. Cohan, the writer and Broadway star of many, many hit plays and hit songs. Unlike today's biographies, this is a very positive story about a man who brought patriotism alive during World War I with such inspirational songs as "It's A Grand Old Flag" and "Over There." For some of us, listening to these songs can bring a tear or two.

Cagney is his normal riveting self and Joan Leslie certainly makes an appealing female lead as Cohan's wife. The great Walter Huston plays Cohan's father. I've always found Huston to be an actor of great presence. In this movie is a very, very touching deathbed scene with he and Cagney.

So you have a little bit of everything here from drama to romance to comedy to music and Cagney is the glue to fits it all together beautifully. One of the great classic films of all time.

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