Tuesday, July 2, 2013

MOVIE MUSIC MOMENT: YANKEE DOODLE / THE GREAT ESCAPE



"Yankee Doodle"
as seen and heard in
The Great Escape (1963)

In honor of the Fourth of July I thought it serendipitous to highlight the scene from "The Great Escape" wherein the three American POWs celebrate our Independence Day. After setting off a small makeshift cannon the trio form a tiny marching band and make their way through camp by sharing "Yankee Doodle." Steve McQueen plays the tune on his flute while James Garner keeps rhythm as his drummer boy. They pause in the middle of their performance to invite the British prisoners to take part in their moonshine-centered celebration. The scene is one of the noticeable (and frankly needed) breaks in the relentless Elmer Bernstein soundtrack. It's one of the more upbeat scenes for camp morale and serves as a calm before one of the film's many storms.

Have you seen "The Great Escape"? What are your impressions on this Movie Music Moment? Or do you have a Fourth of July tie-in pick of your own? Please share in the comments below! Until next time, keep watching and stay listening.

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