I'M A YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

INTRODUCTION

I believe all of us have certain holiday traditions. I’m not sure when I first watched the movie, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” as part of my holiday tradition for July 4th. It was somewhere between the summer of 1955 to 1957 in that period. I noticed this movie in my TV Guide and I had heard the music of George M. Cohan before so I had to watch the movie musical of his life story. This was the start of my July 4th tradition of watching “Yankee Doodle Dandy!!!!

It was either in the first or second grade at Sanford Grade School that I became introduced to the music of George M. Cohan. This introduction was by our music teacher, Miss Helen Lawler. Everyone loved music day, because you could smell Miss Lawler’s perfume as soon as she entered the school building. She introduced me to the music of George M. Cohan in music class by having us sing his classic “Over There”!!!!!.

 

THE MOVIE

With The United States of America mobilizing for World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hollywood of those times went to war with the country. Thus the movie, “Yankee Doodle Dandy” was a 1942 musical production of the life of writer/dancer/singer/ actor, George M. Cohan. I was quite taken aback to see James Cagney playing the part of Cohan, as I had always seen him playing a tough guy type in his other roles. He surprised me greatly because he was a master dancer, and a very good singer also. In this movie there is one particular scene where he dances down the steps of The White House after receiving an award from President Roosevelt, and the dancing is incomparable to anything I have ever seen. Cagney’s dancing, and Cohan’s music make for a totally enjoyable patriotic movie quite suitable for the 4th of July. In the scene after the White House scene Cohan joins a parade of marching soldiers as the strains of “Over There” are being played to get their juices flowing for their upcoming battles.

Cagney won the Oscar for Best Leading Man in this movie.

WILL THE TRADITION END

It just doesn’t seem like the 4th of July without watching “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, but woe is me I can’t find it listed anywhere. It’s usually on Turner Classic Movies, but this year I can’t find it. Does anyone have a clue if it’s being shown for the 4th of July in 2010?

 

UPDATE JULY 5, 2010

 I got to watch, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" yesterday at 5:30 PM on Turner Classic Movies.

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dahoglund 6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I too loved that movie and was equally impressed by Cagney.

I got acquainted with Cohen when the University of Minnesota Showboat did a production of "45 minutes from Broadway" if I recall. That would have been in the 1950's. The showboat was a rejuvenated riverboat remodeled to celebrate the state centennial.

Thanks for the reminder.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

dahoglund,

It was in "45 Minutes From Broadway" that Cohan introduced the song,"Mary, It's A Grand Old Name".

I'll bet it was a great show. Thank you for your comment.


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msorensson 6 years ago

Thanks for reminding, Tom!!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

msorensson,

You are welcome, madam!!!


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I've been working up a Yankee doodle dandy hub and thought you'd beaten me to it, but we're on parallel tracks. Whew! Glad to hear you, a guy, loves the dancing scene in the movie. Hope you find it.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

sheila b.

Good news, I've found it. It's on Turner Classic Movies at 5:30 PM, July 4th.

I'll be looking forward to your hub. Thank you for your comment.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Tom, I haven't seen that for a long time. I've been watching Revolutionary War history.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pamela,

It's on Turner Classic Movies tomorrow evening at 5:30 PM. I've been watching the Revolutionary War History also.

Thank you for your comment.


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SheriSapp 6 years ago from West Virginia

Great hub Tom. Thanks for the salute to our history, we better keep praying about our future now.


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Sheri,

I pray every day and night. I hope we can regain the spirit of Cohan!!!!!!!!!!!


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Dear Tom,

I am with you, I love this movie and watch it whenever it's on. Happy Fourth!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

Pop,

It's a great classic film. I watched Oklahoma later. I hope you had a happy 4th of July.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I hope you weren't insulted that I didn't link to this hub of yours. Believe me, I would have if I knew how!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV Author

sheila b.

I absolutely was not offended. I appreciate your reading and commenting on my hubs. Thank you for the thoughtfulness.

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