Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy
  • UR
  • 2h 7m
  • 1942
Fresh92%
Common Sense Media Iconage 8+
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Confirm current pricing with applicable retailer. All transactions subject to applicable license terms and conditions.
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

TOMATOMETER®
Fresh92%
Reviews
Time Out
Geoff Andrew
Rotten

Raucous, vulgar, over long.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther
Fresh

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

June 17, 2017
Variety
Fresh

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

June 16, 2017
More on Rotten Tomatoes

Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 8+
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.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Educational Value
Details
Positive Messages
Details
Positive Role Models
Details
Violence & Scariness
Details
Sexy Stuff
Details
Language
Details
More on Common Sense Media

Additional Info

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

You Might Also Like...

Night and Day
I'll See You in My Dreams
The Helen Morgan Story
My Dream Is Yours
Footlight Parade
For Me and My Gal
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Going My Way
Strike Up the Band
Jailhouse Rock

New Releases

Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Critters Attack!
How High 2
Curse of La Llorona, The
The Intruder
Family
Little Woods
Alita: Battle Angel
Missing Link
Shazam!