Yankee Doodle Dandy

Trivia: While James Cagney was a fine and spirited dancer in his own right, known for spontaneously "ad-libbing" dance steps on stage, Cagney insisted that Warner Brothers hire choreographer Johnny Boyle for "Yankee Doodle Dandy" to teach Cagney the precise dancing style of George M. Cohan. Boyle was an expert imitator of famous dancers and their routines, and he had worked with and choreographed Cohan on stage many years earlier. Under Boyle's instruction, James Cagney delivered a near-perfect impression of George M. Cohan's eccentric, stiff-legged, marionette-like dancing style in this movie. Unfortunately, during rehearsals for the film, Johnny Boyle broke his ankle, and the injury effectively ended his dancing career.

Charles Austin Miller

Trivia: Rosemary DeCamp plays Nellie Cohan in this film, the mother of George M. Cohan, played by James Cagney. She was actually eleven years younger than Cagney.

Trivia: During production, James Cagney broke a rib whilst filming a dance scene. In spite of the injury, he still managed to complete the sequence.

Trivia: James Cagney won his only Oscar for his performance as George M. Cohan in this movie.

Visible crew/equipment: In the final musical number "Strictly off the Record", you can clearly see the shadow of the microphone boom during part of the number.

More mistakes in Yankee Doodle Dandy

Mary: George, I didn't know you could yodel.
George M. Cohan: Learned it on the farm. Nothing but pig callin' with frost on it.

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