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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:
Flag-Waving Nostalgia at its Best! See more (96 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)
Leah Baird ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Leon Belasco ... Magician (uncredited)
Brooks Benedict ... Dressing Room Guest (uncredited)
Henry Blair ... George M. Cohan at 7 (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)
William Gillespie ... Baritone Solo - Grand Old Flag Number (uncredited)
Art Gilmore ... Franklin D. Roosevelt (voice) (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Actor (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... (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)
Joe Levine ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Actress (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)
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 ... Girl (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)
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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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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:
Frances Langford is listed in the credits simply as "Singer". In the film, Cagney calls her "Nora", so this character is probably the real-life Nora Bayes (1880-1928). Bayes was a popular performer who recorded many Cohan songs and entertained the troops with Cohan during World War I. Bayes wrote the song "Shine on Harvest Moon" and was the subject of the Warner Brothers biopic Shine on Harvest Moon (1944). In "Yankee Doodle Dandy", Langford also sings the medley "In a Kingdom of Our Own" / "Love Nest" / "Nellie Kelly, I Love You" / "The Man Who Owns Broadway" / "Molly Malone"/ "Billie" that backs up one of Don Siegel's great montage sequences. Langford sang "Over There" to WW I American troops and toured with Bob Hope to entertain American troops in WW II, Korea and Viet Nam.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: In a montage following the news that the Lusitania has been sunk (a 1915 occurrence), a movie poster is seen for a film called EMPTY HOLSTERS. This was a Warner Brothers B-Western starring Dick Foran that was released in 1937.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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Soundtrack:
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20 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Flag-Waving Nostalgia at its Best!, 29 September 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, the classic WB wartime musical, has delighted three generations of audiences with its unabashed patriotism, rousing songs, and, most of all, with the unmatched energy and talent of its Academy Award-winning star, James Cagney. The film was blessed with an impressive supporting cast, fabulous production values, and the perfect timing that graced several of the WB's biggest WWII hits.

The subject of the film, George M. Cohan, was certainly a Broadway legend by the 1930s, having produced, directed, written and starred in a considerable array of successes for over 30 years. Son of vaudevillian parents, born on July 3, 1878 (always a genius of self-promotion, he gave the birthdate as July 4th, to enhance his 'Yankee Doodle' persona), he, and younger sister Josie, joined the parents to become the 'Four Cohans', and were a popular comedy/music act traveling the theater circuits of the late nineteenth century. Managing the family act by age 15 (his father concentrated on material, his mother had no head for business), Cohan throughout his life was prone to childish fits of temper, and was described by contemporaries as brash, headstrong...and undeniably gifted. From his first Broadway success (1904's 'Little Johnny Jones'), he had been determined to leave a legacy that would not be forgotten, and by 60, with his health beginning to decline, he concluded a film biography was the surest way to achieve immortality.

He first approached Sam Goldwyn, a personal friend, to do the picture, but demanded creative control, and when his choice to play himself, Fred Astaire, turned down the role, Cohan backed out of the project. Jack Warner, however, had once 'done a turn' in vaudeville, and one of the lot's biggest stars, James Cagney, was looking for a patriotic role to offset the recent bad publicity he'd received (the liberal star had been accused of being a Communist, which he was cleared of). Warner was more than happy to take on the biography, and after viewing earlier Cagney musicals, Cohan agreed with the selection of leading man (Cagney had actually auditioned, once, for a Cohan play...and was rejected!)

Cohan's colorful life had to be toned down, somewhat, for the screen (he had been married twice, and 'wholesome family films' did NOT portray divorce), so an amalgamation of both wives was created by screenwriter Robert Buckner, and named Mary (to capitalize on one of Cohan's most popular tunes). While the showman fretted that current wife Agnes might be offended, the second Mrs. Cohan was actually pleased (her middle name was Mary, she had started in the chorus line, and so she assumed the character Joan Leslie played WAS her!)

Finally (after the Epstein brothers were called in to add their legendary comic touches to the screenplay), filming began...on December 8, 1941. Cast and crew listened to President Roosevelt's radio address about Pearl Harbor, Cagney led everyone in a prayer, and an unspoken goal was set, to make YANKEE DOODLE DANDY the most patriotic, inspiring film possible. Director Michael Curtiz, one of the WB's finest directors, channeled the fervor, and Cagney jumped into the role of Cohan, heart and soul.

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY exceeded everyone's expectations. For a nation still reeling from Pearl Harbor and the Japanese advances in the Pacific, as well as Hitler's stranglehold of Europe, flag-waving was just the right medicine! The film was a huge hit, and was gratifying to Cohan (it is said that the day he died, November 5, 1942, he took a last stroll on Broadway, then joined the long line waiting to see his film biography, and watched James Cagney's unforgettable performance).

While it is true that the film is a bit dated, it is still a grand entertainment, and is on the AFI's list of the '100 Greatest Films of the Twentieth Century'.

George M. Cohan HAS achieved his immortality!

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