Movie Club – American Film Institute

April 16, 2020

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

(1943)

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY appears on five of AFI’s lists of the greatest American films – most notably ranked #18 on the AFI’s 100 YEARS OF MUSICALS. In 1974, the film’s star James Cagney was the second person honored with the AFI Life Achievement Award – the inaugural recipient was noted film director John Ford!

FROM THE AFI ARCHIVE

In this exclusive AFI Archive video, watch Kirk Douglas, Frank Gorshin and George Segal do a little song and dance for James Cagney at the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala.

Take a stroll down AFI history lane and watch James Cagney’s AFI Life Achievement Award speech.

DID YOU KNOW?

The real-life George M. Cohan composed over 500 songs. He is remembered as “the man who owned Broadway” and had a defining role in transitioning vaudeville to the American musical standards we know today!

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Cinematographer James Wong Howe filmed more than 130 feature films. He won two Academy Awards® from his 10 nominations and pioneered camera technologies, including deep focus, wide-angle lenses and hand-held cameras.

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James Cagney was several years older than the actress who played his mother, Rosemary DeCamp.

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Warner Brothers sold war bonds instead of tickets for the film’s New York City premiere and raised over $5 million. That’s nearly $75 million today!

DID YOU KNOW?

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY won three of its eight Academy Award® nominations, including a Best Actor Oscar for James Cagney! It was his first and only Oscar in a career that spanned 50 years.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

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