Movie 100: Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you.

What a fantastic flick! I find I am not at all surprised to see this movie on AFI’s list of the 100 Greatest Movies of All Time. This movie is about the life of actor, dancer, songwriter, and director George M Cohan, from birth until he received the Congressional Gold Medal late in his life. I found the movie to be pleasantly witty and the acting to be superb.

Though several days have passed since I initially watched the film, I still find myself humming to the melodies of “Over There,” “Mary is a Grand Old Name,” “Forty-Five Minutes From Broadway,” and of course “The Yankee Doodle Boy.”

Here are some interesting facts about George M Cohan:

  1. There is a statue erected of Cohan in Times Square, the only statue of an actor on Broadway.
  2. Cohan was the first entertainer to have received the Congressional Gold Medal.
  3. In 1930, Cohan successfully sued the IRS to allow for the deduction of business travel and entertainment expenses.
  4. Cohan died the same year this movie was released.

If you haven’t seen this movie, see it. You won’t be disappointed.

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