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Quotations from Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy is a biographical musical drama film about the life and George M. Cohan, a renowned playwright, musical composer, actor, dancer, and singer. The film displays "The Man Who Owns Broadway" after World War II when he was already retired. However, it shows him come out of retirement to star in "I'd Rather Be Right". He is subsequently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal. The film then flashbacks to show Cohan's birth and performance on the vaudeville stage. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, and Walter Huston.

Yankee Doodle Dandy is best known for its patriotic symbols throughout the film. It was created during World War II, so that serves the purpose. Even Cohan was born on July 4. The movie won three Oscar awards, including Best Actor and Best Music. It was also nominated for five additional Oscar awards. Read on for some quotes from Yankee Doodle Dandy.

Critic #1: I call it a hit. What'll your review say?
Critic #2: I like it too, so I guess I'll pan it.
George M. Cohan: My mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you.
Sergeant on parade: What's the matter, old timer? Don't you remember this song?
George M. Cohan: Seems to me I do.
Sergeant on parade: Well, I don't hear anything.
George M. Cohan: Mmmmm... ham or bacon?
Mary: Bacon.
George M. Cohan: Good. Ham makes me self-conscious.
George M. Cohan: It seems it always happens. Whenever we get too high-hat and too sophisticated for flag-waving, some thug nation decides we're a push-over all ready to be blackjacked. And it isn't long before we're looking up, mighty anxiously, to be sure the flag's still waving over us.
George M. Cohan: Thanks, Sam. It'll be great as long as those critics don't start to eat off my leg.
Sam Harris: Oh, don't worry about the critics! You got a smash hit! It's in the air, kid! It's in the air! You can't stop anything that's in the air!
Eddie Foy: "George M. Cohan and his royal family. Books and lyrics, music and directed by George M. Cohan. Printed by Sam Divensky". That must be Cohan's alias.
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