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Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Michael Curtiz

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Plot Summary

James Cagney ("White Heat," "Angels With Dirty Faces") danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Academy Award for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography. Recently selected as one of the top American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute and directed by Academy Award-winner Michael Curtiz ("Casablanca"), this joyous musical tribute to one of America's most popular entertainers was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Writing and won for Best Score and Best Sound. Oscar-winner Walter Huston ("The Treasure of the Sierra Madre") received his third Oscar-nomination as Cohan's show business father. Contains some of Cohan's finest songs, including, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Over There," and "Give My Regards to Broadway". A "must-see" American classic, Leonard Maltin awards it four stars. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 23
  • Fresh: 21
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: You will find as warm and delightful a musical picture as has hit the screen in years, a corking good entertainment and as affectionate, if not as accurate, a film biography as has ever -- yes, ever -- been made. – Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Yankee Doodle Dandy is rah-rah, no matter how you slice it. – Variety, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: The greatness of the film resides entirely in the Cagney performance. – Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times, Jan 20, 2006

Fresh: Thanks to fluent direction, fine photography and Cagney's brillance as actor and song and dance man, the whole piece is surprisingly palatable. – Film4, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Real flag-waver!

There was never a better pro-America, flag waving movie made! James Cagney was light on his feet and had George M. Cohan down to a "T." Great old songs; real toe-tappers!

One of my favorite movies!

James Cagney could REALLY do it all (and do it well)!!

Such a great movie with songs you probably didn't know you already knew.

I watched this because I'm a James Cagney fan and this quickly became one of my very favorite movies.

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  • Genre: Musicals
  • Released: 1942

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