Patriotic Philms Phor the 4th – #8 of 10 – Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) – Encore Review


In order to celebrate the 245th birthday of the US, I decided to watch 10 films over the weekend that are related to the patriotism of the founding fathers and of Americans on a whole.  On Monday, I will culminate this series with something connected to a very special project that I have been working on over the past few months… stay tuned…

“..I wouldn’t worry about this country, if I were you. We got this thing licked. Where else in the world can a plain guy like me come in and talk things over with the head man?” – George M. Cohan

“That’s about as good a definition of America that I ever heard.” – The President

Number of Times Seen – Twice (25 Dec 2017 and 4 Jul 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – Biopic of the life of singer, songwriter, dancer and all around performer George M. Cohan who helped change the face of American patriotism during his years on the stage.

My Take on it – This is a film that I first saw 3 and a half years ago and felt that it was the perfect choice to be added to the list of films for this series.

James Cagney’s performance here is exquisite and he truly deserved his Oscar for Best Actor for his work here.

His dancing is amazing to watch and it’s still surprises me that this was all done for real by Cagney without the need of camera tricks or a double, he truly was a master.

The film is able to show Cohan’;s rise and fall and re-rise in the entertainment industry and how patriotism was a driving force with everything he did.

He composed and performed some of the most famous America theme songs and this movie shows so many of them along the way.

The movie gives the viewer such a great look at the life of this great entertainer as they show some of the most important parts of his life.

The biggest problem with this film is that 2 hours feels too short a run time in order to try and tell his life story.

The fact that he was born on the 4th of July is yet another reason that it is so fitting for it to be a part of this series.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – This marks the first time a living U.S. President was depicted in a sound film. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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