Yankee Doodle Dandy
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Yankee Doodle Dandy is no more the true-life story of George M. Cohan than The Jolson Story was the unvarnished truth about Al Jolson -- but who the heck cares? Dandy has song, dance, pathos, pageantry, uproarious comedy, and, best of all, James Cagney at his Oscar-winning best. After several failed attempts to bring the life of legendary, flag-waving song-and-dance man Cohan to the screen, Warners scenarist Robert Buckner opted for the anecdotal approach, unifying the film's largely unrelated episodes with a flashback framework. Summoned to the White House by President Roosevelt, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Raucous, vulgar, over long."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The greatness of the film resides entirely in the Cagney performance."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It delivers its red-white-and-blue patriotism to you by the exuberant bushel, but this grand old film reminds us that there was a time when patriotism was more heartfelt than bullying and jingoistic."
‑ Mark Bourne, DVDJournal.com
"Love that Cagney!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Thanks to fluent direction, fine photography and Cagney's brillance as actor and song and dance man, the whole piece is surprisingly palatable."
‑ , Film4
"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
"Flag waving, toe tapping, GREAT James Cagney performance as Broadway's George M. Cohan."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"James Cagney played George M. Cohan with great vigor and won his only Oscar for that brilliant performance."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"...Cagney's picture through and through. He imbues every scene with the kind of electricity only a handful of screen stars have ever managed."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Cagney rocks, if indeed one can use that verb to describe a movie about George M. Cohan"
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"Yankee Doodle Dandy is rah-rah, no matter how you slice it."
‑ , Variety
"A big, old-fashioned rousing biopic of patriotic showman George M. Cohan, played with energy and gusto by Jimmy Cagney in his only Oscar-winning performance."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"awfully dull and stodgy"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"A timeless treasure that will never fade. Cagney is great; Huston unforgetable. A wonderful slice of Americana."
‑ Bob Bloom, Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
"Cagney shines in a delightfully told biography of George M. Cohan"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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