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Good One! Public Enemy is one of my favorite movies. Cagney is a classic.
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Sometimes people forget that Cagney was also a fine song and dance man. Watch his portrayal of George M. Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy. Simply fantastic.
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Sometimes people forget that Cagney was also a fine song and dance man. Watch his portrayal of George M. Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy. Simply fantastic.


One of his best performances, in my opinion.
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He received the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role:

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In 1942, a musical biopic of Cohan, Yankee Doodle Dandy, was released, and James Cagney's performance in the title role earned the Best Actor Academy Award. The film was privately screened for Cohan as he battled the last stages of abdominal cancer; Cohan’s comment on Cagney’s performance was, "My God, what an act to follow!"


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_M_Cohan
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Great stuff there mastermindreader. The first time I saw Yankee Doodle Dandy was on a July 4th weekend when I was about fourteen, circa 1961. I was born and raised in Queens, NY; a street kid, and had no interest in musicals in cinema, and had never been to a Broadway play despite easy access. Yankee Doodle Dandy was the first musical in my life that I was completely taken with and it probably birthed the interest from which later evolved in my delight for theatrical musicals.

Cagney was superb in Yankee Doodle Dandy.
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Bobs (1Dog and Cassidy), I don't know if you remember, but at that time, 1961 in the NYC area, channel 9 used to run what they called Million Dollar Movie, where they played the same movie over and over in the same day, like four times in a row. And on July 4th it was always "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and I never got tired of it either, even the fourth time around.

Harrigan, Mary, You're a Grand Old Flag, Over There... I don't remember who the female lead was. I think Cagney just blotted everybody else out of my memory.
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I LOVED Million Dollar Movie. Remember that they used the theme from Gone With the Wind for their intro music? As I recall, though, they repeated the movies every night for a week.

I remember loving to repeatedly watch Mighty Joe Young and King Kong. By the third night my mother would make me change the channel.

Channel 9 was WOR, right?
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You got it Landmark! Bob, Million Dollar Movie and the theme song WAS from GWTW and I never realized it till I saw the movie years later! Wow! And Bob, I remember Mighty Joe Young multiple times too! WOR was the home station of my beloved NY Mets from day one, till SNY came along.
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Haha. When I first saw Gone With the Wind, I wondered why they were using the theme from Million Dollar Movie. Smile

I was about twelve years old, I think.
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Haha. When I first saw Gone With the Wind, I wondered why they were using the theme from Million Dollar Movie. Smile

I was about twelve years old, I think.

Tha-a-a-at's funny!
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Here's (to me) the best moment from the AFI Lifetime Achievement gala Frank Gorshin worked. Go to the 4:12 mark and start - he references Frank's imitation of him, and then drops the BOMBSHELL of the evening! Smile

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=XXxZCrM04uI&feature=fvwp
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Watch his portrayal of George M. Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy. Simply fantastic.


Bob this is one of those rare occasions where I completely agree with you! Smile
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The two best weeks each year on Million Dollar Movie were "Mighty Joe Young" and "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms." I also liked "A Walk in the Sun," but I think that was shown on Saturday mornings, along with the classic films of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall.
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Sometimes people forget that Cagney was also a fine song and dance man. Watch his portrayal of George M. Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy. Simply fantastic.


He also re-did it in "The Seven Little Foys" with Bob Hope.
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The two best weeks each year on Million Dollar Movie were "Mighty Joe Young" and "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms." I also liked "A Walk in the Sun," but I think that was shown on Saturday mornings, along with the classic films of Leo Gorcey and Huntz Hall.

I also looked forward to "Rodan!" My mother would not let us watch it because she thought it was too scary, so we had to sneak it.
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For some reason, it was difficult to see "Rodan," but I don't remember why. Ray Harryhausen also had a follow-on to "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms," about a giant pleiosaur, as I recall. It wasn't "It Came From Beneath the Sea," which was about a giant squid or octopus, though - and which I also liked.
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If my memory serves me correctly the monster in It Came from Beneath the Sea was a two legged thing with webbed arms and feet in a cheap rubber costume bearing an ugly face.

Then there was the Attack of the Crab Monsters, though I'm not sure it made it to the Million Dollar Movie.
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Sometimes people forget that Cagney was also a fine song and dance man. Watch his portrayal of George M. Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy. Simply fantastic.


He also re-did it in "The Seven Little Foys" with Bob Hope.


Another excellent, but mostly forgotten film. A shame because Eddie Foy was a top vaudevillian who deserves to be remembered. His son, Eddie Foy Jr. (who started as one of the "Seven Little Foys") became a famous character actor.

And, particularly interesting since you mentioned that Cagney reprised his role in "The Seven Little Foys," Eddie Foy Jr. portrayed his father, Eddie Foy, in "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
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Hi Bob1Dog, I think you're thinking of "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," one of the best Revell models that I built (I had Frankenstein's monster, Dracula, the Creature, and the Mummy, I think.)
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