Picture from Yankee Doodle Dandy
Overall A-

In this flag-waving musical, veteran actor James Cagney portrays real life composer/performer George M. Cohan. This 1942 film received a total of eight nominations and won three Academy Awards (including an Oscar for Cagney).

Violence B+
Sexual Content B+
Profanity A-
Substance Use B

MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Talk to your kids about…

Yankee Doodle Dandy

According to TCM, Cagney’s tap dance on the steps of the White House in the closing scenes was completely ad-libbed. How do actors enhance a film by adding their own take on a scene? 

How is patriotism portrayed in this film? Why was this an especially important theme when the movie released in June 1942? Is this promotion of nationalism a good or bad thing during wartimes?

A group of teens in this film meet the retired George Cohan but do not recognize him or his music. Are you familiar with the songs in this film? What impact did Cohan have on the entertainment business? What role do Broadway musicals have in today’s culture?

A group of teens in this film meet the retired George Cohan but do not recognize him or his music. Are you familiar with the songs in this film? What impact did Cohan have on the entertainment business? What role do Broadway musicals have in today’s culture?