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Plot: A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.
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Born on the 4th of July
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (Warner Brothers, 1942), directed by Michael Curtiz, is an autobiographical musical of a legendary Broadway showman, composer, actor and dancer, George M. Cohan (1878-1942), as played by James Cagney in what’s been reported as his personal favorite of all movie roles, and it’s easy to see why. In spite the fact that Cagney won his only Academy Award as best actor, he was letter perfect in the role as Cohan. Interesting to see a noted movie tough guy singing and dancing, but it’s even more-so in watching Walter Huston as Cohan’s father doing a song and dance himself.
The story opens with the middle-aged Cohan (James Cagney), following a comical musical performance in “I’d Rather Be Right” in which he plays and spoofs the president (Franklin D. Roosevelt). He gets a telegram from the president himself to meet with him at the White House. Believing the worst, he arrives to meet “with the head man.” Alone with him in the Oval Office, the two men converse which leads to Cohan to soon be relating his life story via flashback starting with his birth (born on the 4th of July), as the son of stage entertainers, Jerry and Nellie Cohan (Walter Huston and Rosemary DeCamp), followed by his boyhood days as the star of “Peck’s Bad Boy” (Douglas Croft playing George at age 12), the teaming up with his younger sister, Josie (first played by JoAnn Marlowe, then by Patsy Lee Parsons, and by Jeanne Cagney as an adult) and his parents, forming the act called “The Four Cohans,” George leaving the family to form an act on his own, his association with a young hopeful named Mary (Joan Leslie), whom he eventually marries, the publication of his songs that make him world famous, the death of his parents, his retirement from the stage and his return to Broadway to appear in a play that has summoned him with an invitation from the president, and after nearly two hours of recollection, the story moves forward to present day with Cohan to find out why he was really asked to come to visit with the president.
With a handful of song and dance tunes, many composed by Cohan himself, the soundtrack is as follows: “The Dancing Master,” “The Dancing Master” (reprise); “Strolling Through the Park One Day” (by Joe Goodwin and Gus Edwards); “Minstrel Number,” “I Was Born in Virginia,” “The Warmest Baby in the Bunch,” “Harrigan,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “All Aboard for Old Broadway” (by Jack Scholl and M.K. Jerome), “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Oh, You Wonderful Girl,” “Blue Skies, Grey Skies,” “The Barber’s Ball,” “Mary,” “Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway,” “Mary” (reprise); “Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway,” “So Long, Mary,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (by William Steffe and Julia Ward Howe); “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “Of Thee I Sing,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Come Along With Me,” “Over There,” “I’m Happy As Can Be,” “Love Nest” (by Louis A. Hirsch and Otto Harbach); “Little Nellie Kelly,” “The Man Who Owns Broadway,” “Molly Malone,” “Billie,” “Jeepers Creepers” (by Johnny Mercer and Harry Warren); “Off the Record” and “Over There.” Of the songs listed above, several could have been chosen as alternate titles in regards to Cohan, including: “Give My Regards to Broadway,” “Grand Old Flag,” “The Man Who Owns Broadway,” or “Off the Record,” but the final selection became “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” While many of these songs are Broadway show tunes, the most memorable ones happen to be the patriotic songs, especially “Grand Old Flag,” “Over There,” and of course, the title tune.
In the supporting cast are Irene Manning (Fay Templeton); Richard Wholf (Samuel H. Harris); George Tobias (Mr. Dietz); George Barbier (Claude Erlanger); S.Z. Sakall (Mr. Schwab); Eddie Foy Jr. (Eddie Foy); Minor Watson (Edward Albee); and Frances Langford credited as a singer, but actually Nora Bayes. Listed bottom in the cast is Captain Jack Young as The President, who, during the opening and closing segments, is only visible by a back-view depiction.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY started a new trend of bio-musicals that would become fashionable throughout the 1940s. As a movie, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY is a grand old musical that blends nostalgia of the past (early twentieth century, World War I) with patriotism of the 1940s. While very little is known of the real George M. Cohan today, the inaccuracies wouldn’t really matter nor noticed. Cohan was actually married twice, but never to a girl named Mary. The screenplay, overall, fails to mention Cohan actually appeared in some motion pictures, one being THE PHANTOM PRESIDENT (Paramount, 1932) opposite Claudette Colbert. To watch that Cohan film is to see how close Cagney worked to impersonate him on screen. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY is true indication of Cagney not just as a movie tough guy, but his diversatility as an actor. Although the patriotism plays towards the World War II audience, much of Cohan’s spirit of being an American continues to reflect upon the present generation.
Full of memorable lines, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY’s most noted happens to be Cohan’s closing speech following a performance, “My father thanks you, my mother thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I THANK YOU.” Filmed with crisp black and white photography, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY did go through the process of colorization in the mid 1980s. While original Technicolor photography might have been its major asset, YANKEE DOODLE DANDY still ranks first rate entertainment for all ages, and one responsible in keeping the George M. Cohan name more alive today than ever before. Available on video cassette, DVD and through presentations on Turner Classic Movies. (**** flags)
Summer 2004 critique: Love this movie. Always have. Also have done studies of Cohan’s life. He was marvelous. Published lots of songs. Even had his own music publishing company. Cagney a master tap dancer. He even tap danced as Cohan in “The Seven Little Foys” with Bob Hope, in 1950s. Loved Cagney in “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, where he again is certainly no tough prison guy. In “Dream”, Cagney plays “Bottom”, that lovable donkey. Cagney was so versatile. Cohan’s real wife was named Ethel. They got divorced. That was not put into “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, however, but Cohan had a daughter Mary Cohan. I liked Rosemary De Camp playing his mother in this movie. The tap dancing finale knocked my eyes out, and I say that in a good way. This weekend is Georgie’s real birthday, July 3 (1878), so Georgie, I thank you too !!
Update January 10, 2016: Loved seeing Cagney dance up that proscenium across that stage, all happy he has been cleared of bungling the race. His grin is about 12 gazillion rays of sunshine. I want to see the colorized version. Cagney still one of the greatest master tap dancers of all time, not to mention Cohan himself who could tap dance everyone else under the floor (Gene Kelly, eat your heart out!). Richard Whorf, who portrayed Sam Harris, directed other films. Douglas Croft, who played Georgie as a boy, also played young Drake McHugh (Ronald Reagan) in “Kings Row” (also 1942). Douglas was very busy that year! I loved him as Georgie, not just in “Peck’s Bad Boy” dodging all those fruits and vegetables and the stagedoor toughs, but also standing up and mouthing off to Mr. E.F. Albee, famous theatrical impresario. Walter Huston excellent as Georgie’s father; he also was great in “Treasure of Sierra Madre”, “Dodsworth” and “Gabriel Over the White House”. Cagney IRL boxer as a youth, to survive in his tough neighborhood. When he began tap dancing, he was totally a natural because of the training and experiences in jabbing, fancy footwork, rhythmic moves, etc.
1942: U.S. was in early stages of World War Two. Europe had already been in that war. Hollywood was making nostalgia movies, to try to dull the pain of ugly militarial engagements and tragic aftermaths. 1940s was a virtual explosion of escapist happy song and dance movies, witness Judy Garland, Rita Hayworth, Betty Grable, Gene Kelly, et al. In “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, Georgie was dealing with World War One, presenting entertainment at the front and writing the song “Over There!”. Going forward in time, Georgie received his medal from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and then Georgie/Cagney gleefully tap danced down the stairs in the White House. We see him joining soldiers in a World War Two parade, where one of them treats him like Grandpa Dumb Cluck as being too old to join the war effort. Of course Georgie knew the lyrics to the song, “Over There!”. The movie starts out with a parade of what looks like Civil War Union veterans, in which Jerry Cohan is awaiting the birth of his new baby Georgie (1878). You talk about retro and nostalgia! This was 13 years after the American Civil War ended (1865).
Fay Templeton was a real person, a buxom (!) vaudeville headliner who was associated with Weber and Fields as well as George M. Cohan. In real life, from my research, she may not have been the hoity-toity prima donna as portrayed in this film, but someone less holier-than-thou. I am trying to say, in a nice way, that she in real life had little reason to be so snotty to Georgie as represented in this film.
The real George M. Cohan saw this movie in 1942 with his nurse. He was terminally ill, and passed away a few weeks later. Is it really true that James Cagney loved this movie more than all his other pictures, including all those gangster films, “Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Footlight Parade”, “Ragtime”, etc.?
I thought immediately of Georgie on 9/11/2001. He said something like (in our modern language), “It is never politically correct to act patriotic. People are ashamed and embarrassed. But let some national crisis happen, or some rogue thug nation attack, and all of a sudden people are flying the American flag like gangbusters and singing the old-time patriotic songs.” A lot of people don’t even know the words to “The Star Spangled Banner”! Right after 9/11, flag-waving was all of a sudden back in style, and flag t-shirt-wearing was all the rage. Where we live, stores that were stuck with years of 4th of July decorations that didn’t sell, all of a sudden were selling tons of patriotic merchandise. Georgie was right. In the film, Fay Templeton calls George in essence (in our parlance) “that stupid flag-waver”, but Georgie is still famous for that personality trait.
Warner Bros. made this movie. This was b/w, not a color MGM musical like Gone With the Wind or Wizard of Oz. Warner apparently liked the budget-friendly b/w approach. Witness all the Warner gangsta movies.
George’s daughter Mary collaborated on the 1969 stage musical, “George M.!”
I remember a 1970s TV variety sketch about “The Four Funns”, which seemed to be a direct takeoff of The Four Cohans.
I saw Georgie’s real FDR medal displayed on the Bicentennial Train that passed through our city in 1976!!! Also on that train were displayed a pair of the ruby red slippers from the movie, Wizard of Oz.
Joan Leslie passed away recently, in October, 2015.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 6 min (126 min)
Genre Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Director Michael Curtiz
Writer Robert Buckner (screen play), Edmund Joseph (screen play), Robert Buckner (original story)
Actors James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf
Awards Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
Production Company Warner Brothers
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound System)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 3,458.57 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm