Even if you have never seen one of his gangster films, see this. His energy and delivery are breathtaking, and
his tap dancing and singing, shows what a marvellous all round entertainer he was. Never was an oscar more richly deserved than for this tour de force performance.
The film is worth buying for two scenes alone:
The main number when Cagney hoofs and dances up the wall and the final scen when he dances down the staircase at the Whitehouse. How did he do that? He tap dances down to perfect rhytyhm without even looking at the stairs! I beg you! Buy this film!!
Ordinarily I do not like musicals, especially ones made years and years before my birth, so when I came to sit down and watch Yankee Doodle Dandy I was only watching it for Cagney.
Was I wrong, not only is the story incredibly interesting, but the songs are choreographed exceptionally and Cagney shows his great singing and dancing skills.
Do not be fooled, this will be a film you can watch over and over again, despite being an old musical, it simply is a must for your collection whether you love James Cagney, Musicals, or Classic Hollywood.
Do yourself a favour.
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