Yankee doodle boy.

Happy Independence Day to our readers in the United States! I’m heading off in a moment to spend the day floating on the lake … and to complete my transformation into a red, red lobster-like creature, a process that started yesterday (sunburns are a bitch).

In honor of our nation’s birthday, I’m posting a clip from one of my favorite musicals, Yankee Doodle Dandy, as James Cagney tears up the stage performing the title number. This, folks, is sheer effervescence in action.

I’ll be watching this one tonight, as I tend to do every year on July 4th. What patriotic (or not so patriotic) films will you be watching this holiday?

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One thought on “Yankee doodle boy.

  1. when I was a kid, we used to drive into town once a month and it was my chance to see a good movie: a western with allan rocky lane or a comedy with the bowery boys – something like that. one time though, my parents dropped my sister and me off while they went shopping and i had to sit through yankee doodle dandy. who is this guy, i kept asking my sister. when is something going to happen? i never forgave cagney for that.

    but yes, something patriotic tonight. i’m thinking “independence day,” since apparently, i have yet to grow up.

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