“Yankee Doodle Dandy” quotes

Movie Yankee Doodle Dandy
Michael Curtiz directed this movie in 1942
Title Yankee Doodle Dandy
Year 1942
Director Michael Curtiz
Genre Drama, Musical, Biography
Plot – Born on the stage, George Cohan spends his life performing in an acclaimed quartet with his parents and sister. When he moves to Broadway, he reaches an immense celebrity. In 1917 he composes "Over There", a song which becomes the troops' official anthem and makes George almost a national hero. During the demobilization, Cohan's success doesn't decrease and his shows are more and more rich and elegant.
All actors – James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp, Jeanne Cagney, Frances Langford, George Barbier, S.Z. Sakall, Walter Catlett
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  • “He's the most original thing that ever hit Broadway. And do you know why? Because he's the whole darn country squeezed into one pair of pants. His writing, his songs, why even his walk and his talk. They all touch something way down here in people [he gestures to his heart]. Don't ask me why it is, but it happens every time the curtain goes up....” (continue)(continue reading)

    George Barbier - Erlanger
  • “My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sisterthanks you, and I thank you.”
    James Cagney - George M. Cohan
  • “Being versatile, I played my mother's father.”
    James Cagney - George M. Cohan
  • “It seems it always happens. Whenever we get too high-hat and too sophisticated for flag-waving, some thug nation decides we're a push-over all ready to be blackjacked. And it isn't long before we're looking up, mighty anxiously, to be sure the flag's still waving over us.”
    James Cagney - George M. Cohan
  • “- George M. Cohan: It'll be great as long as those critics don't start to eat off my leg.
    - Sam Harris: Don't worry about the critics! You got a smash hit! It's in the air, kid! It's in the air! You can't stop anything that's in the air!”

    James Cagney - George M. Cohan
    Richard Whorf - Sam Harris