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Yankee Doodle Dandy (Sous-titres français) [Import]

Mel Blanc , Billy Bletcher , Carl H. Lindahl , Friz Freleng    Unrated   DVD
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James Cagney thrills in a rare (and limber) song-and-dance performance as composer-entertainer George M. Cohan. This nostalgic biography is told in flashbacks, covering Cohan's formative years becoming Broadway's brightest star and touching upon his loves, musicals, and artistic triumphs. Director Michael Curtiz (The Adventures of Robin Hood) offers Cagney ample opportunities to invent an utterly charming performance in what is practically a one-man show. If you've never seen Cagney as a hoofer, you're in for a treat: his dancing is as dynamic as anything else he's ever done on screen. --Tom Keogh

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James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Rosemary DeCamp. Cagney received an Oscar for his rousing depiction of George M. Cohan, composer of the patriotic ditties Over There, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Give My Regards to Broadway and countless others, in this spirited Hollywood musical-nominated for eight Oscars- with Cagney taking home one for Best Actor as one of the three winners. 2 DVDs. 1942/b&w/126 min/NR/fullscreen.

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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a MUST Own June 23 2004
Format:DVD
There aren't too many movies that I'd say are pretty near perfect...but this is one of them!
I've seen it a dozen times, and I'm always amazed at how the movie doesn't fail to hold your interest the entire time. It's rousing, it's stirring, it's high energy, all the time!
I've not seen the colorized version, but the black and white is so appropriate to its time, I'm satisfied with the movie as it.
As many reviewers have mentioned, James Cagney is so perfect in this role, you can't imagine anyone else in it! He always considered himself a song-and-dance man, though you wouldn't know it if you were a fan of his many gangster flicks. Fred Astaire turned down the role, if you believe the many stories. And, as much as I love Astaire, the film would have suffered for it. The manic energy Cagney displays in the highlight musical numbers just brings his role to perfection.
If you are looking for a classic, never-to-be-topped movie about a songwriter, Broadway, great, rousing music, 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' is your film.
VERY HIGHLY Recommended! One of the top films of all time. (The American Film Institute lists it at 100th place, but it should be moved up much higher!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Musical May 10 2004
Format:DVD
With gloriously entertaining numbers and top notch direction. Among the best biopics of all time. A great, amazing, brilliant performance from Cagney; and excellent jobs from Walter Huston (Tresure of the Sierra Madre) and Michael Curtiz (Casablanca) who got help in the musical numbers by George M. Cohan himself. Watch for the marvellous performance from Cagney; but the musical numbers are great too. This is a good edition; Warner has been earning great merit in the DVD world lately.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Where has our patriotism gone? July 8 2004
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I saw this movie for the first time last night w/ my father. He wanted me to see this movie to see the contrast of what people were like in the 40's-50's and how society is today. I'm 23 years old and to be honest with you, I thought that I wouldn't like this movie. As it turns out, I greatly enjoyed it. It was a wonderful story, full of patriotism - it just makes you proud to be in this country. What movies are out that are like this today? None. And that makes me incredibly sad to see such anti-Americanism. For what? If you want to see a movie that puts a fire in your belly and gets your spirit going, go see this movie - you will not be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars My father thanks you . . . and I thank you Jan. 20 2004
By dvbnyc
Format:DVD
I was totally biased to love this film, because it was my late father's unabashed favorite. He adored Cagney, and this is truly Cagney at his best. But bias aside, this is a wonderful, wonderful movie. Yes, it's dated, and the flag-waving may seem over the top, but still it's one of the most enjoyable ways I can think of to kill two hours.
I can't help but think that Cagney's talents were largely wasted in his myriad gangster roles, because his athletic, acrobatic dancing in this film is beyond impressive -- I found myself thinking, "Were either Astair or Kelly this good?" And the sequence where he meets Mary, his future bride, is laugh-out-loud hilarious.
This is a must-own DVD. I've talked about the quality of film itself, but, happily, the transfer is also of exceedingly high quality. And all the extras are fun and interesting. First rate!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yankee Doodle Cagney Dec 5 2003
Format:DVD
I didn't expect to like this movie at all, as I'm not much of a flag waver and from the isolated scenes I had seen from this film, that seemed to be all that took place in it. It's still pretty cornball in its approach to American patriotism and fervour, and with the American government currently bullying its way around the world, the "let's be proud we're all Americans" broo-hah-hah on display in the film is even harder to digest. But don't avoid this movie if those are your only reservations about it.
"Yankee Doodle Dandy" has an energetic drive to it that many films lack. The 125-minute running time flies by, and the film is never once boring. This energy is due almost entirely to one thing: James Cagney.
Cagney tears into the role of George M. Cohan with everything he's got, and just try taking your eyes off of him whenever he's on screen. He can't sing at all, and he's really more of an acrobat than a dancer, but he pulls off the role of a Broadway showman effortlessly.
The rah-rah American sentiments are obviously a product of the time, and little more than World War II propaganda at moments, but I could swallow them easier in this film for some reason. Maybe because when they're at their most intrusive (the "Grand Old Flag" number, for instance), the spectacle is so rousing that I would have been just as moved if they'd been singing about cheese and crackers.
A deservedly beloved American classic.
Grade: A
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5.0 out of 5 stars great plus some Oct. 28 2003
Format:DVD
this thing is loaded. if you like cagney this is a must have.this has trailers from his movies. top of the world with michael j fox hosting. and many more. this movie has been done to the highest quality possible. it's great. I have 37 cagney films on vhs. and I just wish they would refinsh some more like this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating Oct. 27 2003
Format:DVD
The American Film Institute put out its' list of the top 100 American movies several years ago. Guess what movie sneaked in at the 100 spot? You got it; "Yankee Doodle Dandy". Personally, I would have ranked it higher but I was glad to see it on the list because I was afraid it might have gradually become forgotten. That would be a shame because this is a well-made movie that's a lot of fun. It's a real rah rah, rally-round-the-flag movie and it came out at just the right time; 1942. It tells the story of Gearge M. Cohan who was a real rah rah, rally-round-the-flag kind of a guy. It fits into the classification of a musical although it is much deeper than that.
The greatness of this movie is measured by its' cast with the primary focus going to James Cagney. Cagney is better known for his tough-guy ganster movies but he was an all around entertainer in this movie. His singing is adequate for the job and his dancing is very very good. He's a bit stiff legged at times but the choreography seems to play to that aspect. It's his acting that raises this movie above the level of the standard musical of that era. Cagney is a fast-talking, wheeler-dealer who thrives on the spotlight. He seems to be a better Cohan than George M. himself. This was Cagney's Oscar-winning performance and a well-deserved award it was.
If the movie has a short-coming, it's in the portrayal of his marriage. Joan Leslie plays his wife in the movie and does a good job in that role. However, the screenwriters left out any scenes that embellish their relationship beyond that of stage partners. The absence of children and their formal manner of communication left some wondering why they tied the knot. However, the pace of this movie leaves little time to ponder such things. Watch this movie and you'll feel like marching in a parade. It's a real feel-good movie made back in the days when Hollywood knew how to make them.
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