Saturday, October 31, 2009
The film also features young actor Elia Kazan, the future director of On the Waterfront (1954) and A Streetcar Named Desire (1954). If it weren't for Elia Kazan, this movie might have been totally obscure. Anthony Quinn was also in this film but I didn't like him; I thought he wasn't a famous actor but I guess I was wrong. Ann Sheridan was also good but she was kind of a crybaby in this movie. No offense, but I thought the film all together was corny—and Ann Sheridan's constant crying drove it right to the edge of corniness. And the kid actors who were supposed to be playing the main characters as children were too much from California to be talking with New York accents. That's my complaint!
Of course, I felt sorry for James Cagney after he became blind (and I especially felt sorry for him when he was getting hit mercilessly in his last fight but did not feel sorry for him when he got a depressing letter from Sheridan about her prolonged tour) but the rest of the characters I did not care about when their dreams didn't come true—even though I had sympathy for Ann Sheridan's future plans.
Started his showbiz career in vaudeville and then moved on to Broadway.
Had one of the longest marriages in Hollywood.
Grew up in the same neighborhood that the Marx Brothers grew up in, though at different times, just by one decade.
Had freckles and red hair. His fair complexion was covered by heavy makeup to adapt to heavy lighting.
Was a modest, shy man in private life.
Had all sorts of talents, so he was useful in all film genres as well as gangster pictures.
Was adverse to being typecast as a gangster, but unfortunately, the image stuck with him even after he died. So we all know him as a tough guy character.
Was one of the first actors to rebel against the authoritarian studio system of Hollywood during the 1930s and ‘40s.
Was President of the Screen Actors’ Guild twice.
At 5’6, he was short but taller than me. Women were attracted to him, although he wasn’t as hot and sexy as Brad Pitt. (Clark Gable was really the Brad Pitt of the ’30s.)
Always described himself as a song-and-dance man. There is often a hint of his talented dancing in his gait in some of his films, especially in Angels with Dirty Faces.
Was quite charming and cute, despite being unhandsome (yes, there’s a difference).
Had a little-boy quality in him that made you wanna take care of him, despite being abused. (Thank you, Kevin Spacey.)
Wasn’t as childish as the Marx Brothers (he was almost ten to eight years younger than most of them while being two years older than Zeppo).
Was quite athletic and muscular, so there’s a reason he has a few sports movies.
Had a farm in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., which he visited often. Even though he was a city boy, Cagney preferred country life to city life. He also had a farm in upstate New York, which is the farm he died on.
Was born in the same year as Humphrey Bogart, Charles Boyer, Fred Astaire, etc.
Cagney did go to Columbia College but withdrew after a semester to help support his family.
Was the first actor to win the AFI Achievement Award (no wait, that was John Ford).
Born in New York City on July 17, 1899
Was a Cancer just like me!
His name started with the letter J just like my name
He is a July baby like me
His middle name was Francis
Was of Irish-Norwegian descent.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
The scene where James Cagney sneaks his camera into the electric chair ceremony at Sing-Sing where they were frying a murderess (did I spell that right?) was inspired by a real-life event; a reporter for the New York Daily News snuck his camera into a Sing-Sing frying ceremony the same way James Cagney does in this film—hiding it in his pant leg at the ankle—and probably caused a scandal with the picture (the person who was being friend in the electric chair during that event was also a murdress). I really loved the scene where James Cagney is so bored while hiding out in Ralph Bellamy's girlfriend's apartment while hiding out from the police because of the scandalous photography; it was like something out of my imagination story, only the character would be Bart Simpson! (In a scene preceding this scene, James Cagney gave the newspaper people his account of the frying event in his usual fast-talking way, which I found annoying.)
A video montage about the sexual innuendo and double entendres in Cagney's dialogue:
A Cagney video montage (I didn't make this video either):
Video monthage of Cagney (Translated: Video Montage of Cagney.)
A video montage about Warner Bros., with music by Dick Powell (plenty of Cagney to go around):
Another James Cagney video montage which has nothing to do with this movie but has some clips from it:
A video montage of James Cagney being mean which includes clips from this movie, with the song "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Megadeth, not Alice Cooper (Just to let you know, folks, I didn't make this video. Shoulda warned you earlier, I know, but please don't be mad at me for taking credit. The same goes for the other videos I've posted):
Monday, October 26, 2009
I found it kind of curious that Cagney was starring that takes place around the time during which he was born (he was born in 1899). What I also noticed about him in this film is that his voice is more high-pitched than normal and that he uses his body more (or maybe the speed of the film was faster than normal). When I first saw this film, I didn't really feel sorry for Cagney when he struggles to win Hayworth's love (even though I've had similar experiences, it's still very cruel of me); however, whenever I watch this film now, I feel sympathy for him, especially when he hears that Rita Hayworth eloped with his rival. (In that same scene, I find the giggling girl who's date of one of Cagney's friends very annoying and weird !)
I'm very sorry if this film review isn't as good as the other film reviews, but I don't know enough about this film, except that the screenplay was written by the Epstein brothers, the same guys who wrote the screenplay for Casablanca. As for the recommendations, I would recommend it for James Cagney fans who love to see the guy in romantic comedies and other versatile roles (as well as being a romantic comedy, this film is also a drama). Once again, comments & opinions on this film are encouraged!
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Let it Snow, Everyone!!!
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