Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Movie Review: Yankee Doodle Dandy

A few days ago I took a "quiz" on Facebook to determine how many of the top 250 movies of all time I had actually seen.  I scored 100 out of the 250 movies that were listed.  If I was unsure about seeing a movie I didn't check it off so my score could possibly be much higher.

And then I started thinking that perhaps instead of binge watching old TV series I should binge watch movies.  I decided just to take on the top 100 movies for a starter.  Now I'm very sure I am going to agree with quite a few of the entries on this list but I already know I'm going to argue about a few as well.

So here is #100 of the top 100 Movies of all time according to IMDB:

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Released in 1942, it is pretty clear that this film was an important propaganda piece for the United States.  But it is also a great song and dance movie with a little romance thrown in as well.  
Star of the show, James Cagney, plays George M. Cohan, a famous composer, playwright, actor and song and dance man.  It is definitely interesting to watch James Cagney play this part when he is usually a "bad guy."  I am pretty sure I've watched this movie a few times in the past and I truly did enjoy watching it again.  

As I was watching the credits at the end of the movie I saw the name Jeanne Cagney who played Josie Cohan, George Cohan's sister.  A quick google proved that Jeanne is indeed James Cagney's sister in real life.

Yankee Doodle Dandy wan nominated for 8 Oscars and Won 3 . . . for leading actor, music and sound.

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