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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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James Cagney hated working with character actor S.Z. Sakall, who he felt upstaged him at every turn. He complained to director Michael Curtiz about him but Curtiz took no action, as he had great respect for Sakall, who was once Hungary's leading actor. Cagney refused to work with Sakall again. See more »

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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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[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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Soundtracks

All Aboard for Old Broadway
(1942) (uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung by the chorus as part of the "Little Johnny Jones" sequence
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A Flag Waving Triumph
22 July 2004 | by (Adelaide Australia) – See all my reviews

Right from the start, I have to say you do not need to be an American to be caught up in the excitement of the blatant flag waving tribute to a great artist. "Yankee Doodle Dandy" made to boost morale after the U.S. entered the war surely would have achieved its goal. It would have been even better in Technicolor (not the coloured version later shown). The songs were great, the acting and the individual dancing style of James Cagney was superb and deserved the Oscar. The two scenes featuring "Over There" were very moving with Frances Langford a standout! The story, while bearing small resemblance to real life, was good and Walter Huston and Rosemary de Camp were excellent. When you see a film such as this some 60 years after its release, and still really enjoy it, it shows how the Golden Years of Hollywood were just that.


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