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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Not Rated | | 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
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The car the college kids are driving is a 1933 Chevrolet Phaeton "Jalopy". Graffiti from back to front reads: "Exit Here" (arrow pointing to door handle), "Open Here", "Will Stop Quick if a Wheel Brakes", "For Sale", "Frankie & Johnnie", "But Good", "In Case of Fire Scream". See more »

Goofs

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 »

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

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Soundtracks

I Was Born in Virginia
(1906) (uncredited)
from the Broadway show "George Washington Jr."
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung and Danced by James Cagney, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp and Jeanne Cagney
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Focus on the dancing talent of James Cagney
26 September 2004 | by 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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