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Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis, Jack L. Warner and William Cagney.

Yankee Doodle Dandy was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJames CagneyWon
Best Supporting ActorWalter HustonNominated
Best DirectorMichael CurtizNominated
Best Film EditingGeorge AmyNominated
Best Music - ScoringRay Heindorf, Heinz RoemheldWon
Best WritingRobert BucknerNominated
Best PictureWarner Bros.Nominated
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Review Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 15, 2018 From 4 Star Films

“My father thanks you, My Mother Thanks you, My Sister Thanks you, and I Thank you.” – James Cagney as?George M. Cohan I write this on Yankee Doodle Dandy’s 75 Anniversary on Memorial Day and I can say with much regret in my heart that it’s probably not nearly as resona... Read full article


Review Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Feb 15, 2018 From 4 Star Films

“My father thanks you, My Mother Thanks you, My Sister Thanks you, and I Thank you.” – James Cagney as?George M. Cohan I write this on Yankee Doodle Dandy’s 75 Anniversary on Memorial Day and I can say with much regret in my heart that it’s probably not nearly as resona... Read full article


The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy – Exclusive Guest Post by Author Alan K. Rode (Michael Curtiz: A Life)

By Guest Post on Nov 20, 2017 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

The Politics of Yankee Doodle Dandy The notion for a biographical film about legendary show business powerhouse George M. Cohan had been kicking around Hollywood since the late 1930s. The father of American musical comedy claimed to be born on July 4, 1878 and began treading the boards at age eight ... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Yankee Doodle Dandy

By Amanda Garrett on Nov 21, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), starring James Cagney, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). In honor of the Presidential election on N... Read full article


List of Yankee Doodle Dandy Posts

By BG Voita on Jul 4, 2015 From Classic Reel Girl

For this fourth, I thought it might be fun to revisit favorite posts devoted to Yankee Doodle Dandy, James Cagney's performance, and the Yankee Doodle Boy himself, George M. Cohan. Enjoy! James Cagney Yankee Doodle Dandy Where were you in 42 at ImagineMDD - Thorough post covering background i... Read full article


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Quotes from

[a group of soldiers in marching off to fight in World War II, singing Cohan's World War I song, "Over There"]
Sergeant on parade: What's the matter, old timer? Don't you remember this song?
George M. Cohan: Seems to me I do.
Sergeant on parade: Well, I don't hear anything.
[Cohan starts singing along, with tears coming into his eyes]


George M. Cohan: My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you.


George M. Cohan: It seems it always happens. Whenever we get too high-hat and too sophisticated for flag-waving, some thug nation decides we're a push-over all ready to be blackjacked. And it isn't long before we're looking up, mighty anxiously, to be sure the flag's still waving over us.


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Facts about

Many facts were changed or ignored to add to the feel of the movie. For example, the real George M. Cohan was married twice, and although his second wife's middle name was Mary, she went by her first name, Agnes. In fact, the movie deviated so far from the truth that, following the premiere, the real George M. Cohan commented, "It was a good movie. Who was it about?"
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. 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.
James Cagney's tearful death scene by the side of dying screen father Walter Huston so moved director Michael Curtiz that he cried uncontrollably while the scene was being shot.
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