James Cagney (WHITE HEAT, ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES) danced and sang his way to a well-deserved Academy Award for his outstanding portrayal of vaudeville composer and performer George M. Cohan in this Oscar-nominated biography. Recently selected as one of the top American films of all time by the prestigious American Film Institute and directed by Academy Award-winner Michael Curtiz (CASABLANCA), this joyous musical tribute to one of America's most popular entertainers was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Director, and Writing and won for Best Score and Best Sound. Oscar-winner Walter Huston (THE TREASURE OF SIERRA MADRE) received his third Oscar-nomination as Cohan's show business father. Contains some of Cohan's finest songs, including, "Yankee Doodle Dandy," "Over There," and "Give My Regards to Broadway." A "must-see" American classic, Leonard Maltin awards it four stars. Inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry.
Won: Best Actor in a Leading Role (Cagney), Best Sound - Recording, Best Music - Scoring of a Musical Picture, 1943 Academy Awards
Nominated: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Huston), Best Writing - Original Screenplay, Best Film Editing, 1943 Academy Awards
The greatness of the film resides entirely in the Cagney performance. -- Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES