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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:
Focus on the dancing talent of James Cagney See more (99 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
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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Additional Details

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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:
James Cagney had previously only shown off his song-and-dance abilities once before in Footlight Parade (1933). He was better known for playing gangsters.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The song "Off the Record", performed near the end when Cohan is portraying Franklin D. Roosevelt in the musical "I'd Rather Be Right", features some morale boosting anti-Nazi lyrics. However, "I'd Rather Be Right" played on Broadway in 1937, two years before World War II broke out, and four years before the U.S. entered it.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:
References Ah, Wilderness! (1935)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Was Born in VirginiaSee more »

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58 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Focus on the dancing talent of James Cagney, 26 September 2004
Author: shiloh_3 from Lansing, Michigan

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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