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Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.90 /10
James Cagney , Joan Leslie, Walter Huston
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Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Written by: Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph from Robert Buckner's story

Released: 1942
Origin: US
Length: 126

The life of one of America's most famous and patriotic showmen, George M. Cohan.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A must for musical lovers and proof that James Cagney was one of the great, idiosyncratic dancers of his day. It's a shame he didn't make more musicals, but there weren't many roles as suited as this one to his brand of dynamism.

Production values are terrific, and the film works wonderfully as a series of parades and production numbers, all expertly shot by James Wong Howe. Needless to say, the story bears virtually no relation to Cohan's real life; and the domestic scenes carry little conviction, even by the standards of a Hollywood biopic.

George Amy's editing was Oscar-nominated; Ray Heindorf and Heinz Roemheld won for best score, as did Nathan Levinson for best sound.

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