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Yankee Doodle Dandy -- James Cagney danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Oscar for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography.

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Director:
Writers:
Robert Buckner (screen play) and
Edmund Joseph (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
6 June 1942 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Based on the story of GEORGE M. COHAN with the Greatest of all his Great Music See more »
Plot:
A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Red White and Blue, Cagney for You See more (101 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... George M. Cohan

Joan Leslie ... Mary

Walter Huston ... Jerry Cohan
Richard Whorf ... Sam Harris

Irene Manning ... Fay Templeton

George Tobias ... Dietz
Rosemary DeCamp ... Nellie Cohan

Jeanne Cagney ... Josie Cohan

Frances Langford ... Singer - Nora

George Barbier ... Erlanger

S.Z. Sakall ... Schwab

Walter Catlett ... Theatre Manager

Douglas Croft ... George M. Cohan - As a Boy of 13
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Eddie Foy
Minor Watson ... Albee

Chester Clute ... Goff
Odette Myrtil ... Madame Bartholdi
Patsy Parsons ... Josie Cohan - As a Girl of 12 (as Patsy Lee Parsons)
Jack Young ... The President (as Capt. Jack Young)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Eddie Acuff ... Reporter (uncredited)

Murray Alper ... Wiseguy (uncredited)
Ernest Anderson ... George M. Cohan's Valet (uncredited)

Vivian Austin ... Pianist (uncredited)
Walter Bacon ... Passerby on Sidewalk (uncredited)

Leah Baird ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Magician (uncredited)

Brooks Benedict ... Dressing Room Guest (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... George M. Cohan at 7 (uncredited)
John Breen ... Soldier (uncredited)

Walter Brooke ... Reporter (uncredited)

Leslie Brooks ... Chorus Girl - 'Little Johnny Jones' Number (uncredited)

Georgia Caine ... Boarder (uncredited)
Georgia Carroll ... Betsy Ross (uncredited)
Glen Cavender ... Colony Opera House Stagehand (uncredited)
Dick Chandlee ... Teenager (uncredited)
Spencer Charters ... Colony Opera House Stage Manager (uncredited)
Wallis Clark ... Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt (uncredited)
Alan Copeland ... Choirboy (uncredited)
Ann Corcoran ... Soubrette (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Woman Entering Cohan's Dressing Room (uncredited)

William B. Davidson ... New York Stage Manager (uncredited)
Frank Dee ... Man Entering Cohan's Dressing Room (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Charles Drake ... Actor (uncredited)

Tom Dugan ... Actor - Railroad Station (uncredited)
Ann Edmonds ... Soubrette (uncredited)
Bill Edwards ... Reporter (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Sergeant on Parade - Last Scene (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Sgt. Lewis - White House Guard (uncredited)
Robert Flatley ... Dancer (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Union Army Veteran #1 on Caisson (uncredited)
William Forrest ... Critic #1 (uncredited)
Karen X. Gaylord ... Chorus Girl - 'Little Johnny Jones' Number (uncredited)
Laura Gile ... Dancer (uncredited)
William Gillespie ... Baritone Solo - Grand Old Flag Number (uncredited)

Art Gilmore ... Franklin D. Roosevelt (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Actor (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Telegraph Operator (uncredited)

John Hamilton ... Recruiting Major (uncredited)
Harry Hayden ... Dr. Llewellyn (uncredited)
Al Herman ... Actor (uncredited)
Herbert Heywood ... Colony Opera House Doorman (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Backstage Actor - 'Peck's Bad Boy' (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Reporter (uncredited)
Joyce Horne ... Teenager (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Horse Race Announcer - 'Little Johnny Jones' Number (uncredited)
Thomas E. Jackson ... Stage Manager - 'Peck's Bad Boy' (uncredited)
Marijo James ... Sister Act (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Wilson - 'Little Johnny Jones' Number (uncredited)
Edward Keane ... Critic #2 (uncredited)
Dorothy Kelly ... Sister Act (uncredited)

Fred Kelsey ... Irish Cop in 'Peck's Bad Boy' (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy ... Fanny (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Motorist (uncredited)
Joe Levine ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Actress (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Actor in Play (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Actor (uncredited)

Audrey Long ... Dietz and Goff's Receptionst (uncredited)
Jerrie Lynne ... Singer (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Peck's Bad Boy Stagehand (uncredited)
Jo Ann Marlowe ... Josie Cohan - Age 6 (uncredited)
Louis Mason ... Boarder (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Hotel Clerk #2 (uncredited)

Lon McCallister ... Call Boy (uncredited)
Edward McWade ... New York Stage Doorman (uncredited)

George Meeker ... Hotel Clerk #1 (uncredited)
Jim Mercer ... Actor (uncredited)
June Millarde ... Young Girl (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Horse Race Official (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Pedestrian Seeking Newspaper (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Maurice Ruppe - Music Publisher (uncredited)

Dolores Moran ... The Pippirino (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Friendly Man at Restaurant Window on New Year's Eve (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Backstage Actor - 'Peck's Bad Boy' (uncredited)
Lee Murray ... Jockey (uncredited)

George Ovey ... Streetcleaner (uncredited)
Garry Owen ... Army Clerk (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... Robinsons Theater Stagehand (uncredited)
Francis Pierlot ... Dr. Anderson (uncredited)

Joyce Reynolds ... Teenager (uncredited)
Ruth Robinson ... Nurse (uncredited)
Clinton Rosemond ... White House Butler (uncredited)
Thomas W. Ross ... Doctor (uncredited)
Jackie Salling ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Fred Santley ... Judge in Musical Number (uncredited)

Syd Saylor ... Star Boarder (uncredited)
Harry Seymour ... O'Rourke's Varieties Stagehand (uncredited)
John Sheehan ... Boarder (uncredited)
Napoleon Simpson ... Porter (uncredited)

Charles Smith ... Teenager (uncredited)
Ernie Stanton ... Waiter (uncredited)
Juanita Stark ... Soubrette (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Army Recruiter Examiner (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Army Recruiter (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Actor (uncredited)

Sailor Vincent ... Schults - Grocer in 'Peck's Bad Boy' (uncredited)

Dick Wessel ... Union Army Veteran #2 on Caisson (uncredited)
Leo White ... Backstage Actor - 'Peck's Bad Boy' (uncredited)
Poppy Wilde ... Chorus Girl - 'Little Johnny Jones' Number (uncredited)

Dave Willock ... Stage Manager, 'Peck's Bad Boy' (uncredited)
Joan Winfield ... Sally (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Boarder (uncredited)
Victor Zimmerman ... Medical Officer (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Curtiz 
 
Writing credits
Robert Buckner (screen play) and
Edmund Joseph (screen play)

Robert Buckner (original story)

Julius J. Epstein  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)
Philip G. Epstein  contributor to screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
William Cagney .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
George M. Cohan (uncredited)
Ray Heindorf (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
James Wong Howe (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George Amy (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Carl Jules Weyl 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Martha Acker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bill Cooley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ruby Felker .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Bill Phillips .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
George Tobin .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Jung .... poster artist (uncredited)
Tom Jung .... poster designer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Everett Alton Brown .... sound (as Everett A. Brown)
Nathan Levinson .... sound (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Anderson .... second camera (uncredited)
Everett Burkhalter .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mac Julian .... still photographer (uncredited)
Sol Polito .... photographer (uncredited)
William Reinhold .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Rydo Loshak .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marie Pickering .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Leon Roberts .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
George M. Cohan .... lyrics and music by
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Ray Heindorf .... orchestral arrangements
Heinz Roemheld .... orchestral arrangements (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Boyle .... dances routined by: James Cagney's (as John Boyle)
William Collier Sr. .... technical advisor
Seymour Felix .... dance numbers staged and directed by
Hugh MacMullan .... dialogue director
LeRoy Prinz .... dance numbers staged and directed by (as Leroy Prinz)
Don Siegel .... montages
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Runtime:
126 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | USA:TV-G | USA:Approved (certificate #7929)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The first time James Cagney attended the premiere of one of his own movies.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 »
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.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in One, Two, Three (1961)See more »
Soundtrack:
Little Johnny JonesSee more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Red White and Blue, Cagney for You, 29 May 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

James Cagney won his only Oscar for his recreation of George M. Cohgan in Yankee Doodle Dandy. Already terminally ill, Cohan lived long enough to see the film and no doubt he would have approved of it because it sure is how he would like to have been remembered.

In 1942 when Yankee Doodle Dandy premiered there was a whole generations of people left alive who saw George M. Cohan perform. Watching the film today Cohan is like a figure from antiquity. But Warner Brothers was lucky to have James Cagney with the studio who's dancing style closely paralleled Cohan's. If it is ever run on Turner Classic Movies, make sure you see George M. Cohan's sound film The Phantom President. You will be astonished to see how closely Cagney captured his style. In the same way that Philip Seymour Hoffman captured Truman Capote and Joaquin Phoenix became Johnny Cash.

Cohan's contemporaries are also like names from antiquity. But a century ago when Cohan was just hitting the big time performers like Fay Templeton, Nora Bayes, and Eddie Foy were very big stars and in 1942 plenty of people saw them also. I wish we had some film of them to see how Irene Manning, Frances Langford, and Eddie Foy, Jr. did in their recreations. I'm sure Foy, Jr. did a smashing job with his Dad.

The background stuff is true enough. Cohan was born to a pair of vaudeville performers Jerry and Nellie Cohan played here by Walter Huston and Rosemary DeCamp. Later on a sister was added to the Cohan family and here Josie Cohan is played by Jeanne Cagney. They did do all the towns, big and small, in America. Cagney meets wife Joan Leslie at Shea's Theater in Buffalo, New York and Shea's survives to this day. And his first real success was Little Johnny Jones which score included American classics, Yankee Doodle Dandy and Give My Regards to Broadway.

What's left out is the fact Cohan had two wives. His second wife survived him and died in the early Seventies. As his songs became popular in patriotic/rightwing circles, Cohan's personal politics reflected that. He fought hard and lost in the battle for Actors Equity. Cohan thought a union of players was tantamount to Communism. But such was his standing among performers that Cohan was granted the unique privilege of being allowed to appear on stage without having to join Equity once the union was recognized as the bargaining agent for players.

Cohan is shown in Yankee Doodle Dandy as gracefully having retired when other trends in popular music took over. Far from it, he was a very bitter man and when he did that final comeback in I'd Rather Be Right he fought with Kaufman and Hart over the book and Rodgers and Hart over the songs.

But Yankee Doodle Dandy presents the public musical face of George M. Cohan and does it very well. To this day, some forty years after first seeing Yankee Doodle Dandy on television, I love the recreations of Yankee Doodle Dandy, Give My Regards to Broadway, and You're a Grand Old Flag as they were first seen on stage. Plus some of the snatches of the lesser known Cohan songs as performed by the players portraying the Cohan family and others.

When all is said and done, George M. Cohan was a great force of nature in the American musical theater. And we thank his father, mother, and sister, and George M. himself for what he left us.

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