Tag Archives: James Cagney

Happy 4th of July

Marvin Gaye Sings Star Spangled Banner – 1983 All Star Game – Los Angeles, CA from Neil Gronowetter on Vimeo.

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September 2015 Viewing Diary

I got a pretty big writing assignment this past month, with a deadline of October 5. So I’ve been working hard, researching, as the below list will probably show. Not ready to talk about it yet, still working on the … Continue reading

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Love Me or Leave Me (1955), starring Doris Day and James Cagney

Acting requires a couple of different things. Vulnerability. Courage. Vulnerability is courage. This is true whether you are playing a damsel in distress or a black-hatted villain. Acting is putting on a mask, but as kabuki masters know, the mask … Continue reading

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Dancing Down the Staircase

I post this for no other reason than it makes me happy.

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Happy Birthday, James Cagney

Peter Bogdanovich, in his essay on James Cagney in Who the Hell’s in It: Conversations with Hollywood’s Legendary Actors, writes: One of the guests asked [Cagney] how he had developed his habit of physically drawn-out death scenes, probably the best … Continue reading

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Yankee Doodle Boy

It’s James Cagney’s birthday today (thanks for the reminder, Kim), which I didn’t realize yesterday when I wrote the post about Cagney’s death scenes, so in honor of his birthday today, here is a clip I love from 1955’s The … Continue reading

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“The Animal Died In A Slow and Amazed Way.”

Peter Bogdanovich, in his essay on James Cagney in Who the Hell’s in It: Conversations with Hollywood’s Legendary Actors, writes: One of the guests asked [Cagney] how he had developed his habit of physically drawn-out death scenes, probably the best … Continue reading

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20 Favorite Actors

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“Almost eighty years after the picture was made, that grapefruit half smashing into Mae Clarke’s face still makes most of us wince.”

A great post by The Siren about Mae Clarke and that grapefruit scene in The Public Enemy. The still you always see of Cagney smushing the grapefruit into Clarke’s face – the one that is usually used to represent the … Continue reading

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My 2 All-Time Favorite Cagney Moments:

— his death scene in The Roaring Twenties – he makes it into a tragic ballet – all in one long take. The way that guy moved! — the scene where he freaks out in prison about his mother dying … Continue reading

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