“Yankee Doodle Dandy”
Released: 1942
Source: Amazon

Last night I watched a 1942 classic, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” featuring acting legend James Cagney. The movie tells the story of George M. Cohan who wrote some of the most recognizable songs in American history. I have never been a big fan of musicals. Don’t get me wrong, I love music, and I love movies, but almost always the music gets in the way of the story and the story gets in the way of the music. The stage is a different matter. I love a musical on the stage. This was different, it was a film about musicals on stage. I never realized what a superb dancer Cagney was. They say he sprained his ankle twice during the making of the movie trying to imitate the stiff-legged dancing style of Cohan. Just take a look at the list of music in this film below and tell me how many of the songs you don’t know. 4 stars.

  • “Overture” – Played by Orchestra behind titles.
  • “Keep Your Eyes Upon Me (The Dancing Master)” – Sung and Danced by Walter Huston, then Sung and Danced by Henry Blair.
  • “While Strolling Through the Park One Day” – Sung and Danced by Jo Ann Marlowe.
  • “At a Georgia Camp Meeting” – Danced by James Cagney, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp and Jeanne Cagney.
  • “I Was Born in Virginia” – Sung and Danced by James Cagney, Jeanne Cagney, Walter Huston and Rosemary DeCamp.
  • “The Warmest Baby in the Bunch” – Sung and Danced by Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland).
  • “Harrigan” – Sung and Danced by James Cagney and Joan Leslie.
  • “The Yankee Doodle Boy” – Sung and Danced by James Cagney, Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland) and Chorus.
  • “Give My Regards To Broadway” – Sung and Danced by James Cagney and Chorus.
  • “Oh You Wonderful Girl / Blue Skies, Gray Skies / The Belle of the Barbers’ Ball” – Sung by James Cagney, Jeanne Cagney, Walter Huston and Rosemary DeCamp.
  • “Mary’s a Grand Old Name” – Sung by Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland).
  • “Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway” – Sung by James Cagney.
  • “Mary’s a Grand Old Name” (reprise 1) – Sung by Joan Leslie (dubbed by Sally Sweetland).
  • “Mary’s a Grand Old Name” (reprise 2) – Sung by Irene Manning.
  • “Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway” (reprise) – Sung by Chorus.
  • “So Long, Mary” – Sung by Irene Manning and Chorus.
  • “You’re a Grand Old Flag” – Performed by James Cagney and Chorus.
  • “Like the Wandering Minstrel” – Sung by James Cagney and Chorus.
  • “Over There” – Sung by Frances Langford, James Cagney and Chorus.
  • “A George M. Cohan Potpouri” – Sung by Frances Langford.
  • “Off the Record” – Performed by James Cagney.
  • “Over There” (reprise) – Sung by James Cagney and Chorus.
  • “The Yankee Doodle Boy” (reprise) – Played by Orchestra behind end credits.