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1 December 1981 (USA) See more »
Documentary about the actor James Cagney with interviews with him, Donald O'Connor and Pat O'Brian. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

James Cagney ... Himself

Treat Williams ... Narrator
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Milos Forman ... Himself

Norman Mailer ... Himself

Virginia Mayo ... Herself

Pat O'Brien ... Himself

Donald O'Connor ... Himself

Joan Blondell ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Humphrey Bogart ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Frankie Darro ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Henry Fonda ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

George Raft ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Schickel 


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71 min

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
James Cagney, one great actor, 7 April 2005
Author: (ericcody) from Decatur, Ga

James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy, a 1981 PBS documentary explores the career of one of Hollywood's most influential actors of the 1930,s, 1940,s and 1950's. This documentary accompanied the release of James Cagney's last film "RAGTIME" (1981) which ironically he came out of 20yrs of retirement to appear in. James Cagney: That Yankee Doodle Dandy is not a great documentary on Cagney, but it definitely sparks interest in the subject.

This film is told through narration from actor Treat Williams, top dance demonstrations from actor/dancer Bill O'Connor, film clips and an interview with the late, great James Cagney himself. I recommend this documentary as good reference material, but I wait for the day that a well researched documentary will be done on such a talented, charismatic and one of kind actor.

I gave this film *** good/could have been better. I saw it on video in the 1990's. Can't say it is still available.

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