“He doesn’t dance so much as strut; he doesn’t act so much as sell you his desire to entertain.”

  • Roger Ebert on James Cagney in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1998)

The song “You’re a Grand Old Flag” brings me back to elementary school music class where we read song lyrics and notes out of a hard cover book. I never questioned this song in particular, “Rockin’ Robin” maybe, but a song about our American flag seemed like a typical, patriotic toon that a child would be taught. Watching “Yankee Doodle Dandy” made me rethink what I thought I knew about this song. 

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