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Yankee Doodle Dandy
Posted by: broadwaybacker 08:59 am EDT 06/29/22

When I was a kid (and we're talking a loooong time ago) there was a TV program on WOR NY TV (channel 9) called Million Dollar Movie. It'd show the same movie several times a day for an entire week, and that's how I became fairly addicted to the 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy. I watched it over and over and over. Then, at a later point in my life I bought the video cassette and watched it again for old time's sake, but this was probably 30 years ago. So last night the Mets were getting blown out so I searched to see if it was streaming and found it on some platform I'd never heard of called Row 8 and I rented it for $2.49.

The film is amazing, particularly Cagney's dancing. It's just a joy to watch, though there are a few things I noticed with a different sensibility. There is one very brief scene (maybe five seconds) where the Four Cohans are in blackface, and the only two actors of color I noticed in the entire cast were two White House butlers. (No irony intended). But IMO this has to rank very close to the top of the greatest movie musicals ever made.
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