🎥 Yankee Doodle Dandy – 1945
The Story …
Those of you out there who love classic movies, you’ll simply love this movie musical that will transport you back to what was once called 100% entertainment!!
In the early days of World War II, George M. Cohan comes out of retirement to star as President Roosevelt in the Rodgers and Hart musical I’d Rather Be Right.
On the show’s first night, he is summoned to the White House to meet the president, who presents him with a Congressional Gold Medal (although the Cohan character on screen incorrectly identifies the award as the Congressional Medal of Honor) …
Cohan is overcome and chats with Roosevelt, recalling his early days on the stage. The film flashes back to his supposed birth on July 4, whilst his father is performing on the vaudeville stage.
Cohan and his sister join the family act as soon as they learn to dance, and soon The Four Cohans are performing successfully. But George gets too cocky as he grows up and is blacklisted by theatrical producers for being troublesome.
He leaves the act and hawks his songs unsuccessfully to producers. In partnership with Sam Harris, another struggling writer, he finally interests a producer and they are on the road to success. He also marries Mary, a young singer/dancer.
As his star ascends, he persuades his now struggling parents to join his act, eventually vesting some of his valuable theatrical properties in their name.
Cohan retires, but returns to the stage several times, culminating in the role of the U.S. president. As he leaves the White House, after receiving the Congressional Gold Medal from the president, he descends a set of stairs while performing a tap dance (which Cagney thought up before the scene was filmed and undertook without rehearsal).
Outside, he joins a military parade, where the soldiers are singing “Over There”, and, at first, he isn’t singing. Not knowing that Cohan is the song’s composer, one of them asks if he knows the words.
Cohan’s response, with a tear in his eye, smiles before joining in …
- Directed by : Walter Lang
- Directed by : Michael Curtiz
- Written by : Robert Buckner and Edmund Joseph
- Produced by : Hal B. Wallis and Jack L. Warner
- Cinematography : James Wong Howe
- Edited by : George Amy
- Music by : Score and songs by George M. Cohan
- Score Adaptation : Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld
- Distributed by : Warner Bros.
- Release Date : May 29, 1942
- James Cagney as George M. Cohan
- Joan Leslie as Mary Cohan
- Walter Huston as Jerry Cohan
- Richard Whorf as Sam Harris
- Irene Manning as Fay Templeton
- George Tobias as Dietz
- Rosemary DeCamp as Nellie Cohan
- Jeanne Cagney as Josie Cohan
- Eddie Foy, Jr. as Eddie Foy, Sr.
- Frances Langford as Nora Bayes
- George Barbier as Erlanger
- S. Z. Sakall as Schwab
- Walter Catlett as Theatre Manager
- Minor Watson as Ed Albee
- Chester Clute as Harold Goff
- Odette Myrtil as Madame Bartholdi
- Douglas Croft as George M. Cohan (age 13)
- Patsy Lee Parsons as Josie Cohan (age 12)
- Captain Jack Young as President Franklin D. Roosevelt
Film Information …
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