Friday, September 03, 2021

James Cagney — A True Force of Nature

This incredible scene is at the end of “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, the biography of George M. Cohan.

The great ones make it look easy . . . imagine trying to dance on stairs . . . and look smooth and in control as if this is how you’ve always gone down the stairs. Easy peezy!

I had the opportunity to binge on James Cagney movies this week (on TCM) and instantly became a big fan. Let’s be honest, if you can find the time to binge some mediocre true crime series on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or whatever, you can find the time to binge 2 or 3 legendary James Cagney movies.

Start with “Yankee Doodle Dandy” to learn about the life of George M. Cohan who at the age of 26 in 1904 wrote, directed, starred in, and probably choreographed and sold tickets for his first musical “Little Johnny Jones” featuring both of these iconic songs ”Give My Regards to Broadway” and “Yankee Doodle Boy”, seen here.

Just for fun here’s Cagney with Bob Hope from 1955 doing a dance competition on a long table — did you know Hope could dance like that?!

More later . . .