Yankee Doodle Dandy

1942 | Musical | 126 minutes | English

Info

George and his sister join the Cohan family act as soon as they can learn to dance and act. Soon the Four Cohans are performing successfully on stages around the country. But George is a difficult, cocky kid, a known troublemaker. He’s blacklisted by theatrical producers which forces him to leave the act and go on his own. George starts to hawk songs he’s written but it’s a  struggle. Things start to gel as he finally interests a producer. Along the way he marries Mary, a young singer/dancer. George wrote and performed his songs in many of his Broadway shows, introducing such hit songs as Give My Regards to Broadway, While Strolling Through the Park One Day, Harrigan, and Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway. His show, Little Johnny Jones, produced his most spectacular song, Yankee Doodle Dandy. The highlight of George’s life is when he is summoned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to  the White House and is presented with the Congressional Gold Medal. 

Cast
James Cagney (George M. Cohan); Douglas Croft (George M. Cohan, age 13) / Jeanne Cagney (Josie Cohan); Patsy Lee Parsons (Josie Cohan, age 12) / Walter Huston (Jerry Cohan) / Rosemary De Camp / Jack Young (President Franklin D. Roosevelt) / Joan Leslie (Mary Cohan)
Why Stream This Film?
The United States has its National Anthem;  if  there was a National Anthem for Film, it would surely be Yankee Doodle Dandy.
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 93%
  • Metacritic Score: 89
Accolades
  • Academy Awards: Winner, Best Picture; Best Actor (James Cagney); Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Walter Huston)
  • National Board of Review: Winner, Best Actor (James Cagney)
  • New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actor (James Cagney)
  • The film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY is rah-rah, rousingly American and a great tribute to an American gentleman of the theater—George M. Cohan. It’s as entertaining as any top film musical ever made.
Abel Green

VARIETY

Cagney comes across as one of the most dynamic performers in movie history—a short man with ordinary looks whose coiled tension made him the focus of every scene.
Roger Ebert

RogerEbert.com

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY is as warm and delightful a musical picture as has hit the screen in years, a corking good entertainment and as affectionate a film biography as has ever—yes, ever—been made. The film magnificently matches the theatrical brilliance of Mr. Cohan’s career, packed as it is with vigorous humor and honest sentiment. And the performance of Mr. Cagney as the one and only original song-and-dance man is an unbelievably faithful characterization and a piece of playing that glows with energy.
Bosley Crowther

The New York Times

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