Yankee Doodle Dandy | 1942

Directed by: Michael Curtiz

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Main Plot

The life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer, and singer George M. Cohan.


  • James Cagney's character in Yankee Doodle Dandy is a talented entertainer who rises to fame as a patriotic songwriter.
  • Joan Leslie's character, Mary, is the supportive and loving wife of George M. Cohan, the main character.
  • Walter Huston played Jerry Cohan, the father of George M. Cohan, in the film Yankee Doodle Dandy.


In the ending of "Yankee Doodle Dandy," George M. Cohan receives the Congressional Medal of Honor for his contributions to American entertainment. He then performs a heartfelt rendition of his iconic song, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," in front of a cheering crowd. The film concludes with Cohan being congratulated by his family and friends, highlighting his enduring legacy as a patriotic and beloved entertainer.

Michael Curtiz