Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Y = Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

James Cagney as George M Cohan

Irish-American Cagney played the Irish-American Cohan, singing in a half-sing/half-reciting style. The songwriter leaves the family act, is black-listed and had difficulty. Until he teams up with a new producer and he becomes a success.

In the scene where Cohan dances down the stairs, Cagney performed the step down dance with no rehearsal and completed in one take.

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Tony Laplume said...

H-A-Double R-I-GAN spells Harrigan. That's me.

Joanne said...

jimmy cagney was so versatile. Song and dance and then shoving grapefruit in faces.