July 1, 2013

Movie Monday: Yankee Doodle Dandy

I know I’m the only one who’s going to be spending the evening indoors instead of watching fireworks on a hill or in a stadium, but for those who want to set your DVR for some heart-swelling flag-waving fun, be sure and catch Yankee Doodle Dandy this week!


The (basically) true biography of composer George M. Cohan, who was responsible for many of the popular patriotic songs from the 30s and 40s, many of which we still enjoy today.

Starring James Cagney in the title role, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” follows the life of Cohan from the time he was born until the “present day,” WWII. Cohan was a talented writer, composer, dancer, and singer, and Cagney is well up to the task of filling those legendary shoes. I love, love, love watching Cagney in musicals. He’s a decent singer, but he’s an amazing dancer. He’s so graceful he appears weightless, and many of the routines he performs are very athletic. He also ages very well for a movie covering almost 50 years.


“Yankee Doodle Dandy” was made in the midst of WWII to bolster the spirits of a nation at war, so patriotism and idealism are at an all-time high throughout the movie. Which is perfect for the week of Independence Day. You’ll want to DVR this one and save it, because if there’s ever anything to get you in the mood to celebrate America, it’s this montage of singing and dancing set against a real Cinderella story of a man who came from very humble beginnings and, through talent rather than reality show fame, made his way literally to the top of Broadway.

“Yankee Doodle Dandy” will be on TCM on Thursday, July 4, at 4:30 pm CST.
Do. Not. Miss. It.

Honorable Mentions:
Three Daring Daughters (1946) – Tuesday, July 2, 11:45 pm CST
Take Me Out To The Ball Game (1949) – Thursday, July 4, 12:00 pm CST
Anchors Aweigh (1945) – Thursday, July 4, 2:00 pm CST
The Music Man (1962) – Thursday, July 4, 7:00 pm CST
Key Largo (1948) – Saturday, July 6, 7:00 pm CST
Young Bess (1953) – Sunday, July 7, 7:00 am CST
Gidget (1959) – Sunday, July 7, 11:00 am CST


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