Yankee Doodle Dandy

Sometimes the universe just hands you blog posts, somehow knowing one is under the gun and over committed.

Rather than watch Ice Cube  (?) in a prison movie last night, I made Mr. Understanding channel surf.  Thanks be to God, Predator was not showing.  Instead, we watched the end of Yankee Doodle Dandy, a black and white film from 1942, based on the life of George M. Cohan.  The male lead looked familiar to Mr. Understanding but not to me.  Lithe and spry, he tap danced, jigged, and sang his way across various stages.  His love interest, a humble girl, was his muse.  So inspired was he by his girl, he wrote her a song, the lyrics of which are as follows:

My mother's name was Mary
She was so good and true
Because her name was Mary
She called me Mary, too
She wasn't gay or airy
But plain as she could be
I hate to meet a fairy
Who calls herself Marie

For it is Mary, Mary
Plain as any name can be
But with propriety, society will say Marie
But it was Mary, Mary
Long before the fashions came
And there is something there that sounds so square
It's a grand old name

Now, when her name is Mary
There is no falseness there
When to Marie she'll vary
She'll surely bleach her hair
Though Mary's ordinary
Marie is fair to see
Don't ever fear sweet Mary
Beware of sweet Marie

For it is Mary, Mary
Plain as any name can be
But with propriety, society will say Marie
But it was Mary, Mary
Long before the fashions came
And there is something there that sounds so square
It's a grand old name
 

You can listen to the song here.    It is possible that George divorced his first wife in order to marry Agnes Mary Nolan, for whom the song was presumably written.

Jimmy Cagney did such a bang up job playing George M. Cohan he was awarded the Oscar for Best Male Actor.

Call me square but it was a delight of a film.

Herewith concludes Day 7.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One response to “Yankee Doodle Dandy

  1. sallycalligan

    I loved the movie and I think I first saw it on the US UNITED STATES. James Cagney played the part so well. I loved hearing the song again.

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