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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

In director Michael Curtiz' classic musical biopic:

  • the sentimental legend of super-patriot and cocky Irishman-songwriter George M. Cohan (Oscar-winning James Cagney), with his trademark singing, strutting and wall-climbing as a 'Yankee Doodle Boy' during "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy"
  • his tap-dancing sequence in a spotlight in the large production number "Give My Regards to Broadway"
  • his trademark curtain call line: "Ladies and gentlemen, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you"
  • the scene of Cohan and his wife Mary (Joan Leslie) singing "Mary" at the piano together
  • his energetic dancing style in "You're a Grand Old Flag"
  • George's 'final curtain call' death scene with father Jerry (Walter Huston) at his deathbed
  • his amazing, jaunty dance down the White House stairs after visiting with President Roosevelt (Jack Young) with a spontaneous, impromptu buck-wings tap dance midway
  • his joining a parade to march in step with troops and civilians down Pennsylvania Avenue to "Over There" in the stirring finale


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