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Reviewers have asked why this film and others were not mad in color during the war. Here's your answer: Hollywood, like many industries, came under many wartime restrictions. The Government restricted film stock by 25% and no film could cost more than $5000 to make. One quarter of the male employees in Hollywood were in uniform. Making a film in color would have been prohibitively expensive. I also believe it's important this film reflected the era it was about and we don't think of that era in color and IMO color would have distracted rather than added to the lasting value of this particular film. I am continuously at odds with those who believe every film should be in color. In the AFI's Top 25 Films of All Time, over half are in black and white! When an excellent actor is on the screen in black and white, you concentrate on the performance, not the periphery as is done with color. Think Peck in "To Kill a Mockingbird" or de Niro in "Raging Bull" or Bergman/Bogart in "Casablanca" or Chaplin in "City Lights" or Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life" or Cooper in "High Noon." Would one of those performances or films have been enhanced by the use of color? No!
Cagney sings his way to Broadway in this film.
- Kevin Butler
Normally..I'm not a James Cagney Fan..but..I loved this film..wherehe portrays legendary Broadway performer and creator of classicstage musicals:George M.Cohan..he is able to sing,dance and performcomedy and drama convincingly. There are also wonderful performancesfrom the supporting cast and the collection of Cohan songs. The scriptdoesn't tell the true story of Cohan's life..but..the talents of Cagneyand the cast makes up for the flaws in the story's inaccuracy
What were they thinking?
How can anyone say that Cagney prancing around the stage like a sage hen is talented dancing? That has got to be one of the worse sequences ever filmed. Clark Gable, who never claimed to be a talented actor or dancer (nevertheless, you always got your money's worth with Gable), could do a dance scene a whole lot better. Add to that stupid dance scene the entirely unbelievable and phony heartbreak scene and thick-as-molasses put-on, you have one terrible movie. This movie does no more than illustrate that Cagney was a 1-dimensional actor.
Yankee Doodle Dandy
- Michael Whitty
An exubertant musical spanning the life of George M. Cohan "Yankee Doodle Dandy" is a must see. James Cagney won the Oscar as Cohan playing this energetic Broadway guy who created and produced more than 50 musicals with songs like "Give My Regards To Broadway", "Over There", "You're a Grand Old Flag", "Yankee Doodle Boy" and many more. Starting with "The Four Cohans" at age 8 with his mom and dad and sister who were Irish immigrants as their vaudville team was a winner and then later maturing into hit songs and musicals and especially with James Cagney doing his famous "Yankee Doodle Dandy" on stage this man was a dynamo of entertainment energy. As he finally received the Congressional Medal of Honor from President Roosevelt we know that it was well deserved. Director Michael Curtiz did this film just before "Casablanca" and that famous film was only slightly better.
Excellent film. 15/10.
I am in love with this movie. Filmic biographies cannot always be true to life. This may be due to legalities regarding the life of the person. This film was made while Cohan was still alive. He passed away not long after this movie was released. He saw this movie with his nurse. He was ill. Apparently, he liked this movie. His real life marriage to and divorce from Ethel Levey was not in this film. Mary was the name of his daughter in real life. She collaborated on the stage musical 1969 George M. Georgie was really born July 3, 1878. George M. Cohan was a master tap dancer. So was James Cagney. Cagney was also a boxer. Jimmy got Georgie's choreography from a dancer who had worked with the real George M. World War Two had begun. Budgets were tight. This film was black and white. Huge money was spent to color-produce on such giant 1939 projects as Gone With the Wind and Wizard of Oz. Colorizing this movie? I would love to see it. This movie talks about the Civil War, Spanish-American War ("Teddy Roosevelt"), and World War One. These wars appeared here. The film begins with CW veteran Jerry Cohan joining a commemorative military parade. There were several Civil War reunions after that war. I have seen photographs of CW veteran parades. In real life (maybe even in this movie?), Georgie remarked that when his constant flag-waving got on people's nerves and seemed so obnoxious, along would come a national crisis (some big thug, he said) and suddenly people were in love again with patriotism and their own flag-waving. I thought of George M. Cohan immediately during 9-11-2001. RIP GEORGIE AND JIMMY. :(
- Jack The Hat
Hi! A while back I asked the question, Why wasn't this film shot in Technicolor? No one that I contacted could answer that question. One individual said they believed that the studios after the start of the war were only aloud to shoot one film in Technicolor per. year. It didn't make sense, because 20Th Century Fox shot many of there musicals in technicolor during the war. All living associated with this film are now gone and sorry to say so is the answer.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
Reply to Minky, why didn't they use color film? W.W.2 had just broke out for America. Pearl Harbor was bombed while this film was being made. James Cagney himself, asked the cast and crew to stop and say a prayer for those who had fought and died during the attack. I think like all the movie studios it was decided color film would go to the war effort.
Jack The Hat is right with his question. Why didn't they shoot this film in Technicolor??? Anybody know?
yankee doodle dandy
A reply to R. Scott Carlton ( with all due respect) as John Ford said, if you want a history lesson, go to the library or Today, check out your computer under George M. Cohan. Yes the facts in the film are in Some respects Hollywood fiction, but try to remember, World War Two was just breaking out for America. Did they really need a reality check with a tough, arrogant, show business giant storming his way through vaudeville, clawing his way to the top? they needed momentary escape from the horrors going on around them. and his music boosted morale and made American people feel like YES we can get through this Hell. I think the writers did a great job. In fact the whole film is a master piece.
Fake but Great!
- R. Scott Carlton
This is the most phony movie Hollywood ever made. There is not a word of truth about it. Among other things, Cohan had two wives, neither of whom was named Mary. And he had two daughters with these wives. One of them tried to capitalize on her father's name but failed. This movie is a fantasy about what he wanted his life to have been. It is not a biopic. Having said all that, I must admit that I have seen this movie at least a dozen times and I will continue to watch it. It's the American dream. It has some of the greatest American music ever written and I love it. Let's hear it for the Grand Old Flag!
Well...firstly, you have Michael Curtiz directing and he was known for giving his actors great latitude in their improvisations during a film. Secondly, you couldn't get better than James Cagney as a real song and dance man. Astaire was grace personified. Kelly was strength. But, Cagney was the real deal for song and dance and he more than proves it in this film! Thirdly, the music is simply the best ever! "You're a Grand Old Flag" makes you want to stand up and cheer. "Mary" makes you want to weep! You can't get better! And, if you need the best death scene in all of film, nothing beats the death of Cohan's father with his son, played by Cagney, at his side. It makes strong men tear up! Fourthly, the story is like no other. An immigrant's son goes on to literally become the King of Broadway and there is no other producer in history, EVER, who has had as many plays on Broadway at one time as George M. Cohan. You simply cannot view a better film!
one of hollywood's true gems
- Mike Dedek
Without question, Jimmy Cagney was one of the greatest actors of Hollywood's golden days. This is Cagney at his best - both his dancing and acting are incredible, and the story has you smiling through most of it and to tears in a couple scenes. This is one of my all time favorite movies and a must-see for any movie buff (there's a nice bit of history too - it's a true biopic and quite a remarkable life it was - the first person outside the military to win the Congressional Medal of Honor). The supporting actors and actresses give good to outstanding performances, but Cagney's is one for the ages. He won the best actor Oscar of 1942 for the performance. I fail to see how any self respecting cinemaphile could give this less than 4 stars, and I give it one more!
- David Welch
I have always considered this movie as one of the greatest ever and James Cagney's performance riveting.
The death scene was the best part of the movie
- Scott Carlton
My father died four years ago at the age of 96. When I was in the hospital holding his hand during those final hours, I kept thinking about Cagney and the scene where Cohan's father dies. It gave me some sort of strength. Dad died on July 2 and TCM showed the movie two days later on the 4th of July. When that scene came on, I couldn't stop crying. It really touched me.
Mr. Cagney noted for his brilliant work at Warner Bros in a series of classic films deservedly won the Academy Award for his brilliant performance in this rousing film bio of George M Cohan.After a grear career following Billy Wilder's One Two Three, Cagney retired. Never bringing attention to himself, Mr. Cagney lived quiety but Died a truly great Star. A Legend
Yankee Doodle Dandy
- Dashiell Barnes
The musical film which did more for U.S morale than any propaganda. Cagney won his only Academy Award for portraying George M. Cohan, Huston was nominated for playing his father. While it's extravagant & entertaining, it also has a high amount of dated elements. A grandiose musical tribute to America. I give it a 3.5/5.
- joan barker
Yankee Doodle Dandy still remains one of my all time favorite movies. Cagney's talent and sure fire charmed charisma drew me in when I first saw this movie years ago and still does today. I have my favorite scenes of course. I still tear up at his father's death bed, and enjoy with a smile all the musical numbers, but the one I wait for is Cagney's dancing down the White House stairs after his visit to see the President.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY is still a GREAT Film!
- Danny C Arroyo
I have seen "YANKEE DOODLE DANDY" starring James Cagney too many times to remember but still find it a wonderful and entertaining film! Mr. Cagney's portrayal of George M Cohan is still riveting and has stood the test of time because of not only his talent but that also of the supporting cast. When I view any film, no matter what type or genre it is, I not only look for the slightest detail flaw but am analyzing its continuity from beginning to end. Usually when I do this I can find very slight flaws but continue to enjoy the films message. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY has passed my scrutiny over and over again and will always hold a place amongst my favorite movies of all time!
It makes you proud to be an American.
Yankee doodle dandy,,,
- Sharon Myli
I was watching bits and pieces ,of Yankee Doodle Dandy,, And thinking about all the movies that has been remade.. I would love to see them redo this one ,, There are so many new stars that I believe can do this..
Cagney as Cohan is
- Dave Lucas
As musical biographies go (and they seem to have gone for good, following the dismal box-office of the Cole Porter bio "DeLovely"), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" stands as an example of the "kind they don't make anymore." Released at the start of WWII, this flag-waving, star-spangled story of Broadway legend George M. Cohan won Cagney an Oscar, an honor he richly deserved. The film moves breezily through Cohan's life, as he tells FDR in flashback his story as a member of The Four Cohans to his success on The Great White Way. The film glosses over some of the facts, but hey, that's Hollywood. And the musical numbers are still thrilling and rousing spectacles to American patriotism. In its quieter moments, Cagney could still move an audience (his father's death scene reportedly brought director Michael Curtiz to tears, as it probably does to some viewers today). Now we must ask--was it wise to colorize? Purists will say no, and I concur. See it in its original b&w version.
First movie, that I ever attended
- Jack The Hat
My sister took me to the first movie and of course it was "Yankee Doodle Dandy", from then on I lived for one purpose and that was to go the movies. What a way to start seeing films, I, to this day remember going to this film and remember young George geting a spanking but could not understand why the movie audience laughed? It wasn't till I saw this film on television and discovered why they laughed. Wonderful film!
Portrait of a Patriotic Broadway Star.
- Frank Harris Horn
James Cagney proved he can more than play gangster roles as he sang and danced his way to winning the Academy Award as Best Actor for his portrayal of Broadway star, George M. Cohan (1878-1942) in this musical biography focusing on Cohan's rise to fame on the Broadway stage. Walter Huston and Rosemary DeCamp also star as his parents and real-life sister, Jeanne Cagney as George's sister, Josie, Joan Leslie as Mary, his wife and inspiration for many of his songs, and Richard Whorf as Sam H. Harris, George's business partner and good friend. The movie features many of Cohan's songs including "Yankee Doodle Dandy", "You're a Grand Old Flag", "Over There", "45 Minutes from Broadway", "Give My Regards to Broadway", "Mary", "I Was Born in Virginia" and "Harrigan". The film would've been a lot more spectacular, if it had been filmed in color instead of that gritty black-and-white. With George Tobias, Irene Manning, S.Z. "Cuddles" Sakall, Eddie Foy, Jr., Frances Langford, Walter Catlett & John Hamilton.
Jimmy Cagney plays Cohan with a song in his heart.
The film doesn't tell the true story of George M.Cohan's life..insteadit gives us an appreciation of his songs,dances and his successes inThe American Musical Theater. The script is adequet,the real treat is the musical score and theperformances by the leads and the supporting players.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
- James Higgins
A wonderful classic, with James Cagney giving a very heartfelt and outstanding performance. Some outstanding song and dance numbers. Highly entertaining. Good direction. Jeanne Cagney gives her best performance.
This is Cagney's film in every sense of the word. A truly one of a kind motion picture - magnifcent! And the timing of it's production and release was right on target! Anyone who watches this film will be all the better for it after it's viewing. A thousand thanks, Jimmy!
WHY OH WHY???
- Jack The Hat
This was my first movie, my sister took me to the local theater to see it. I have one question, Why OH Why, wasn't this film shot in Technicolor?
Cagney, the ultimate actor
James Cagney could do it all. Dramas, comedies, musicals all with masterful performances. His portrayal of George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy is his best role, bar none. It is without a doubt my favorite movie. Yankee Doodle and Cagney are synonomous.
Cagney Doodle Dandy
This film is the ultimate showcase for James Cagney's showman/dancer talents. The right film at the right time in history for the right man. Call it Providence or Destiny - Cagney was made for this part and vice-versa. It was his personal favorite and that makes it all the more enjoyable because of what he put into it. All supporting actors are great. Cagney's dance up the procenium wall is not to be missed. Production started the day after Pearl Harbor was attacked, giving the cast a sense of patriotic urgency and the film a strategic place in cinematic history and importance of its time.
NO ONE COULD HAVE DONE WHAT CAGNEY DID. WOW !!!!!!!!!! JUSAT BRILLIANT ACTING AND WHAT DANCING !!!!
- Rick Boone
When they said they don't make movies like that anymore they must have been thinking of this one. One of the best.
TOP OF THE WORLD
THIS MOVIE IS SO INSPIRING.IT MAKES YOU GET UP AND CHEER. THEN IT TUGS AT YOUR HEART. THAT WHAT MAKES A GREAT FILM.CAGNEY GIVES THE BEST PERFORMANCE OF HIS LIFETIME.IT IS FILLED WITH GREAT DANCE AND UPLIFTING MUSIC.IT IS THE TOP OF THE WORLD WHEN IT COMES TO FILM
This is the best cagney movie ever.
THIS IS THE BEST CAGNEY PREFORMENCE EVER BECAUSE IT THE ONLY ONE HE WON AN OSCAR FOR HIS PREFORMENCE AS GORGE M. COHAN.
- Rich Wilson
Yankee Doodle Dandy, may be the best movie I have seen. Only the original Miracle on 34th Street exceeds it.