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10 Great Seconds – I am that Yankee Doodle Boy

December 1, 2011

Yankee Doodle Dandy – James Cagney playing George M. Cohan (who wrote “Over There” and “Grand Old Flag,” amongst other great songs). Cohan has just received the Congressional Medal of Honor from the president and is walking down the White House steps with the medal in his pocket. Supposedly, this was improvised – he was just supposed to walk down the steps, but he did this.

This is the same James Cagney known for gangster flicks like “White Heat” and “The Public Enemy” hoofing his way down the stairs and through the whole film. Check out the movie – man, he could DANCE (maybe not sing, so much, but he could dance)!

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