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Yankee Doodle Dandy


James Cagney danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Academy Award for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography.

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- Abel Green, Variety, Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fresh: You will find as warm and delightful a musical picture as has hit the screen in years, a corking good entertainment and as affectionate, if not as accurate, a film biography as has ever -- yes, ever -- been made.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003


- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This is a great musical. I love the old style musicals where the song and acting are separate. Sure, the song can tell a story, but this shows that the cast can dramatically act as well. It was a well done film all around with great music, acting, writing and inspiration. I had a lot of fun watching this one and if you like the old black and white films, this is one to watch.

- FireStormStudios, Thursday, March 31, 2011

2 stars

The music was the only thing good about this film.

- erika250, Saturday, January 22, 2011

4 stars

"My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you." An obvious propaganda film for the country during WWII, the elaborate and patriotic story of George M. Cohan was illustrated with several big numbers, memorable songs, and the quite surprising dancing of James Cagney, who is expressively known for his gangster pictures. A nice musical, and fluff filled biopic.

- FrizzDrop, Thursday, January 6, 2011