History Creator / JamesCagney

30th Mar '16 1:38:04 PM Mdumas43073
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25th Mar '16 5:03:41 AM Mdumas43073
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His tough guy persona wasn't all for show, though; Cagney staggered Warner Bros. by walking off the lot when the studio failed to honor his contract. His example set a precedent for fairer studio practices. On the other hand, Cagney's activism landed him hot water; he was even branded a Commie in some circles, although his iconic role in ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' dispelled such rumors pretty quick.

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His tough guy tough-guy persona wasn't all for show, though; Cagney staggered Warner Bros. by walking off the lot when the studio failed to honor his contract. His example set a precedent for fairer studio practices. On the other hand, Cagney's activism landed him hot water; he was even branded a Commie in some circles, although his iconic role in ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' dispelled such rumors pretty quick.
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25th Mar '16 5:03:01 AM Mdumas43073
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'''James Francis Cagney''' (July 17, 1899 March 30, 1986) was an American film actor most famous for his gangster roles in the [[TheGreatDepression 1930s]] and [[TheForties '40s,]] as well as for his [[BeamMeUpScotty alleged]] {{catchphrase}}. He starred in some of the best gangster pictures ever made, including ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces,'' ''Film/WhiteHeat,'' ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties,'' and ''Film/ThePublicEnemy,'' which is [[PopCultureOsmosis unfortunately mostly remembered]] for a scene in which he [[DomesticAbuse shoves a bowl of grapefruit in a woman's face.]]

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'''James James Francis Cagney''' Cagney (July 17, 1899 March 30, 1986) was an American film actor most famous for his gangster roles in the [[TheGreatDepression 1930s]] and [[TheForties '40s,]] as well as for his [[BeamMeUpScotty alleged]] {{catchphrase}}. He starred in some of the best gangster pictures ever made, including ''Film/AngelsWithDirtyFaces,'' ''Film/WhiteHeat,'' ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties,'' and ''Film/ThePublicEnemy,'' which is [[PopCultureOsmosis unfortunately mostly remembered]] for a scene in which he [[DomesticAbuse shoves a bowl of grapefruit in a woman's face.]]
25th Mar '16 5:02:46 AM Mdumas43073
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15th Jan '16 11:21:45 AM Anddrix
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* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: His movies often come with a disclaimer decrying violence to deter accusations of glorifying violence. WarnerBrothers [[ViewersAreMorons maintained that gangster pictures were meant to serve as a warning]], but no one was fooled. [[TropesAreNotBad (Not that anyone was complaining, though...)]]

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* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: His movies often come with a disclaimer decrying violence to deter accusations of glorifying violence. WarnerBrothers [[ViewersAreMorons maintained that gangster pictures were meant to serve as a warning]], warning, but no one was fooled. [[TropesAreNotBad (Not that anyone was complaining, though...)]]
20th Sep '15 10:46:33 AM jamespolk
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* OneBookAuthor: ''Short Cut to Hell'' (1957) is the only film Cagney ever directed.
20th Sep '15 9:00:56 AM jamespolk
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* ''Film/TheStrawberryBlonde'' (1941)
5th Sep '15 4:38:34 PM maxwellsilver
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-->"I never said, "[=MMMMmmm=] you dirty rat. ''({{beat}})'' What I actually said was "[[CaryGrant Judy, Judy, Judy!]]"

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-->"I never said, "[=MMMMmmm=] you dirty rat. ''({{beat}})'' What I actually said was "[[CaryGrant "[[Creator/CaryGrant Judy, Judy, Judy!]]"



* MediaWatchdog: A lot of his best movies were made in the early days of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, when you could still get away with a little bit more. As the code grew in power, subsequent rereleases of some of his films had objectionable material cut. Most notably, ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'' had next to ''no'' violence cut from its rereleases -- [[DoubleStandard but vague allusions to sexuality were.]]

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* MediaWatchdog: A lot of his best movies were made in the early days of UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode, when you could still get away with a little bit more. As the code grew in power, subsequent rereleases of some of his films had objectionable material cut. Most notably, ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'' had next to ''no'' violence cut from its rereleases -- [[DoubleStandard but vague allusions to sexuality were.were left untouched.]]
28th Jul '15 8:55:47 PM Mdumas43073
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His tough guy persona wasn't all for show, though; Cagney staggered Warner Bros. by walking off the lot when the studio failed to honor his contract. His example set a precedent for fairer studio practices. On the other hand, Cagney's activism landed him hot water; he was branded a Commie in some circles. His iconic role in ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' dispelled such rumors pretty quick.

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His tough guy persona wasn't all for show, though; Cagney staggered Warner Bros. by walking off the lot when the studio failed to honor his contract. His example set a precedent for fairer studio practices. On the other hand, Cagney's activism landed him hot water; he was even branded a Commie in some circles. His circles, although his iconic role in ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' dispelled such rumors pretty quick.
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