Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • UR
  • 2h 7m
  • 1942
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Legendary actor James Cagney stars in the role for which he won an Academy Award--the life of singer, dancer and songwriter George M. Cohan, a true Yankee Doodle Dandy. This nonstop musical tour de force sings, dances and celebrates the life and career of a music man who lifted a nation, the first entertainer awarded the United States Congressional Medal of Honor for his contribution to morale. From his early days as a vaudeville performer to his stardom on Broadway, George M. Cohan composed the songs that defined his generation.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Time Out
Geoff Andrew

Raucous, vulgar, over long.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

You will find as warm and delightful a musical picture as has hit the screen in years, a corking g...

June 17, 2017

Yankee Doodle Dandy is rah-rah, no matter how you slice it.

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Patriotic '40s classic charms, but some dated behaviors.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Yankee Doodle Dandy is a classic 1942 musical in which James Cagney plays Broadway legend George M. Cohan. While overall a rousing movie that fully embodies a time when entertainment was enjoyed as a means of temporary escape from Great Depressions and World Wars, there are some dated moments that could be troubling to contemporary audiences. Namely, in one scene, a white family of performers engages in minstrelsy -- wearing "black face" while singing and dancing in the worst kinds of African American stereotypes. It's also a movie released during America's entry into World War II -- a movie intended to keep morale and patriotic fervor sky-high at the expense of the harsh realities of war. On the positive side, George M. Cohan is shown as a living embodiment of the American Dream, of hard work and dedication to one's gifts and talents leading to incredible success. The movie also hearkens back to a time when love of country went beyond ideology, when people could set aside their differences for the greater good.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:June 6, 1942
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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