Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
James Cagney’s charisma as a song-and-dance man shines in this classic musical set in the early days of World War II. Cagney plays real-life Broadway legend George M. Cohan, known for penning the beloved tune “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” Musical highlights also include “Over There” and “It’s a Grand Old Flag.” The Broadway numbers show the pageantry and opulence of military uniforms and formations at their best. Stirring visuals, sparkling costumes, and epic set-pieces deliver patriotism galore. Cohan’s music captured the spirit at the time, and the film shows exactly how music can unite us. When Cagney joins the marching soldiers at the end and sings the rousing tune (“prepare, say a prayer,”), you might just find yourself singing along as well.
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