Cagney played a supporting role to Edward G. Robinson’s lead – I’ve never seen it but there’s supposed to be some pre-code naughtiness – a Warner Bros. gangster film from 1931 – when they used real gunfire on set. I shudder to think.
Tag: James Cagney
“In the ’20s, you were a face. And that was enough. In the ’30s, you also had to be a voice. And your voice had to match your face, if you can imagine that. Jimmy Cagney and Eddie Robinson had voices that were as important as the characters they played.” Joan Blondell
Not a very good movie, one immortal line, “Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin’ rat!” However, the art work for this lobby card is worth taking a look at: And, as mentioned by Mr. Kaplan in the comments, perhaps acting in pre-code Hollywood required a bit of legwork as well.
Readers inquired about the scaled down ceremony, I thought I’d supply the visual, and yes – these statuettes were plaster: From left to right, Van Heflin, Greer Garson, James Cagney, and Theresa Wright.
Bette Davis sitting next to director William Keighley:
From inspection at the fabricators: To Oscar’s big night out:
I am obsessed with cake… This has nothing to do with cake… But, I think it’s a lovely commentary on Bette’s career.
J. Edgar Hoover (as I mentioned before, a big fan of “I Love Lucy”) and Clyde Tolson at the races in Del Mar: Cagney in “G Men”: Leo as J. Edgar: