Yankee Doodle Dandy

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(out of 5)


 just can’t keep all that energy to himself in this lively film biography of Irish-American songwriter George M. Cohan. Beginning at Cohan’s childhood when he was a vaudeville star along with his talented family, the film details his life as he grew up in the theatre and went on to write some of the most memorable songs (particularly wartime songs) that are still sung today (“Over There”, “Harrigan”). In the lead role Cagney is astounding, leaping and bounding through every scene with a fire-engine of a personality that never lets down. The score is chock full of Cohan songs for all you fans out there, and the screenplay loaded with interesting facts about the man. Also watch out for ‘s marvelous performance as Cohan’s father.


USA, 1942

Directed by

Story by , Screenplay by Robert Buckner,

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Music by , ,

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Film Editing by


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Academy Awards
Best Actor (James Cagney as “George M. Cohan)
Best Music (Scoring of a Musical Picture) (Ray Heindorf, Heinz Roemheld)
Best Sound Recording (Warner Bros. Studio Sound Department, Nathan Levinson, sound director)

Nominations
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Walter Huston as “Jerry Cohan”)
Best Directing (Michael Curtiz)
Best Film Editing (George Amy)
Outstanding Motion Picture (Warner Bros.)
Best Writing (Original Motion Picture Story) (Robert Buckner)

New York Film Critics Award
Best Actor (James Cagney)

Nomination
Best Director (Michael Curtiz)


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