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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Musical | 6 June 1942 (USA)
The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.

Director:

Michael Curtiz

Writers:

Robert Buckner (screen play), Edmund Joseph (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Storyline

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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Get ready to Laugh, to Sing, to Shout! ...For here comes Uncle Sam's Star Spangled Yankee Doodle Dandy! See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Yankee Doodle Dandy See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$11,800,000
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

At the conclusion of the "You're a Grand Old Flag" number, a translucent screen is lowered and a photograph of the American flag is projected onto it, slowly dissolving out the actors. The same device was used in the original stage play and movie 1776, when at the end a translucent screen is lowered and a rendition of the John Trumbull's painting "Declaration of Independence" is superimposed over the final scene, slowly dissolving out the actors. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, George M. Cohan is describing his birth (in 1878) to Franklin D. Roosevelt, and speaks of the flag "having fewer stars then, but people knew more were coming". The camera fades to a scene of an American flag waving on a flagpole, before panning down to people at a 4th of July parade waving hand held flags. The hand held flags appear to be the correct 38 star flags of 1878, but the flag on the pole is the 45 star flag introduced in 1896. 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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Alternate Versions

Also available in a computer colorized version. See more »

Connections

References Ah Wilderness! (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Nellie Kelly, I Love You
(1922) (uncredited)
from the Broadway show "Little Nellie Kelly"
Written by George M. Cohan
Sung by Frances Langford as part of the post-WWI medley
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Focus on the dancing talent of James Cagney
26 September 2004 | by shiloh_3See all my reviews

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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