ALL-TIME CLASSIC MOVIE FAVOURITES – YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)
“Yankee Doodle Dandy” is a Musical Biographical Drama, Screenplay by Robert Buckner, Edmund Joseph, Julius J. Epstein and Philip G. Epstein Original Story by Robert Buckner, Music by George M. Cohan and Directed by Michael Curtiz.
It’s a biographical film about George M. Cohan (James Cagney) who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs.
The film begins with his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show, all the way through to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the country.
Joan Leslie is delightful as his wife Mary, Walter Huston plays his father, Richard Whorf is his partner Sam Harris, Irene Manning shines as Fay Templeton, while the fine and varied supporting cast is completed by George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Barbier, S.Z. Sakall, Walter Catlett, Douglas Croft and Eddie Foy Jr.