Yankee Doodle Dandy
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

This film focuses on the life of legendary, flag-waving song-and-dance man George M. Cohan. Unifying the film's largely-unrelated episodes is a flashback framework. Summoned to the White House by President Roosevelt, the aging Cohan is… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: June 6, 1942
DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Raucous, vulgar, over long.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The greatness of the film resides entirely in the Cagney performance.

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Steve Crum

Flag waving, toe tapping, GREAT James Cagney performance as Broadway's George M. Cohan.

Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Patriotic '40s classic charms, but some dated behaviors.

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Emanuel Levy

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.

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Yankee Doodle Dandy is rah-rah, no matter how you slice it.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Maybe the best-case scenario for what happens when a film biopic does everything right.

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Mark Bourne

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Josh Morris
Yankee Doodle Dandy is a cliche packed, guilty pleasure, made sublime by the galvanic performance of James Cagney as song and dance man George M. Cohan.… More
Spencer S.
"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… More
Jon Lantz
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… More
Aj V
Are you a fan of Cagney? Would you love to see him sing and dance? Then this movie is for you. If not, don't see this movie.
erika bruhns
The music was the only thing good about this film.
jay nixon
Cagney won the oscar for this? Hokey, maudlin and saccharine by turns add into that the overlength and it a stuggle to get thorough. Of course the music is good… More