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Still shot from the movie: Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

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). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A-
Violence: B+
Sexual Content: B+
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 126
Theater Release: 05 Jun 1942
Video Release: 29 Sep 2003
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

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?

 

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