Glenn Patterson

Glenn Patterson chooses the film Yankee Doodle Dandy

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Works include Burning Your Own, The International, The Mill for Grinding Old People Young and the 2013 film Good Vibrations

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

Glenn Patterson chooses the film Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney as composer George M. Cohan and directed by Michael Curtiz.

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From the Archive

James Cagney

Cagney reveals how the characters of his childhood on the Lower East Side influenced his acting. Introduced by Michael Freeland.

From Yankee Doodle Boy 18 Jan 2001 on Radio 2

Image © Ronald Grant Archives

Cagney: 'It's just a job'

Cagney refuses to be labelled a genius on his return to acting at 81.

Speaking to the BBC's Tom Brown in 1982.

Hal B. Wallis

The Hollywood producer- whose films included Casablanca and Now, Voyager- talks about Cagney's reluctance to take on the role of George M. Cohan.

Speaking to the BBC in 1975.

Image © Ronald Grant Archives

Yankee Doodle Dandy!

Critic Philip Jenkinson on how Yankee Doodle Dandy reflected the national mood of 1940's America.

From America The Movie: Sit Down Your Rocking the Boat! 30 Jul 1988 on Radio 4

Image © Ronald Grant Archives

Michael Curtiz

Mark Read and Adrian Wooton offer their take on the work of Michael Curtiz.

From Front Row 12 Apr 2001 on Radio 4

 Image © Ronald Grant Archives

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