Yankee Doodle Dandy

Synopsis: A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs.
Director(s): Michael Curtiz
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 3 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
126 min

I call it a hit.

What'll your review say?

- I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.

- That's logical.

My publisher resents Cohan

impersonating the president of the U.S.

Says our young readers dream

of being president.

"I'd rather be right than be president."

Cohan may find out he isn't either one.

- See how George does it at his age.

- I remember him when I was little.

Congratulations, George, old boy.

You did a great job.

- Thanks.

- Congratulations, Mr. Cohan.

- You had him down to a tee.

- But we're still on dangerous ground.

Imitating the president,

a lot of people won't like it.

It's good, clean fun.

Didn't they enjoy it in Boston?

Never could do anything wrong in Boston.

Greatest man in the U.S. Played by the

greatest actor. Nothing wrong with that.

Especially when the greatest actor

is my husband.

- This could be treason.

- A dollar-a-year man will take care of you.

A lot of them would like

to shoot actors.

Save these telegrams.

Government needs paper.

You've got a list with everybody

but Hirohito.

- We'll bring him in.

- Here's the one I sent.

- Will you read our cleverness?

- What makes you think I didn't?

I didn't know there was that much love left

in the entire Western Union codebook.

Hold that. Thank you. Thank you.

- Don't bother me.

- It's from the White House.

- Well, that bothers me.

- Here.

You read it.

These aren't my reading glasses.

"George M. Cohan,

The Alvin Theater, New York.

The president requests that you call

upon him at your earliest convenience...

...in regard to a personal matter.

Kindly reply for definite appointment

at White House.

Stephen T. Early,

secretary to the president."

There you are, Sam.

There you are. What did I tell you?

Coming at a time like this,

with everything on his mind...

...this is not just a casual invitation.

This is important.

- I think we're in trouble.

- Don't worry.

They don't telegraph you

to come and be shot at sunrise.

- He doesn't get up that early.

- I've got a run-of-the-play contract.

Fine time to make lame jokes.

I'm worried, Sam.

I'm really worried.


- What can I do for you?

- I've got an appointment.

- The name, please?

- Cohan. George M. Cohan.

All right, sir. If you'll wait

just one moment, I'll call.

This is Sgt. Lewis

at the Pennsylvania Avenue gate...

- Good evening, Mr. Cohan.

- Good evening.

- We've been expecting you.

- Thank you.

Why, your coat's wet.

- Didn't you come in a car?

- No, I walked up from the station.

Washington's a great town to walk in.

Always get a kick out of it.

Yes, indeed.

Won't you come with me?

I was supposed to be off duty

this evening, Mr. Cohan...

...but when I heard you was coming, I

thought I'd like to see if you look the same.

- That depends on when you saw me last.

- It must have been 30-some years ago.

I was valet for Teddy Roosevelt.

He got me a seat up in the gallery.

The play was George Washington Jr...

...and you was just singing and dancing

all about the grand old flag.

Mr. Teddy used to sing it in his bathtub.

- It was a good old song in its day.

- It was.

And it's just as good today

as it ever was.

Come in.

Well, hello there.

How's my double?

Your double isn't too sure.

Give me time to work on that.

- I was told you knew all the answers.

- There was a time when I thought so.

- Right now, I wish I did.

- Yes, so do I.

- Sit down, Mr. Cohan.

- Thanks.

You know, I'm a little bit nervous.

- I'm sorry I missed the opening of your show.

- Maybe just as well.

Don't worry about it.

We understand each other perfectly.

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Robert Buckner

Robert Buckner (May 28, 1906 – August, 1989) was an American film screenwriter, producer and short story writer. more…

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