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There are a couple of choice selections tonight (Monday, Feb. 15) as “31 Days of Oscar” continues on TCM.

9 p.m. (CST) — “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (1942) — Growing up, this movie always seemed to be on July 4th after we came home from the fireworks. James Cagney won a well-deserved best actor award for his portrayal of Broadway and song-writing legend George M. Cohan. One wouldn’t think that Cagney had excellent dancing skills. But early in the movie, a scene from one of Cohan’s early musical hits, “Little Johnny Jones”, is recreated and Cagney sings “The Yankee Doodle Boy” and becomes a tour de force with his dancing. Those are the minutes in the movie where one can say he had the Oscar wrapped up then.

1:30 a.m. — “Stagecoach” (1939) — It was John Wayne’s breakout movie and Thomas Mitchell won the best supporting actor for his portrayal of the alcoholic doctor. One of the best westerns ever made. For more on it, see my Jan. 12 posting.