History Creator / JamesCagney

21st Jun '17 6:52:03 AM JamesAustin
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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 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,'' ''Film/{{The Roaring Twenties|1939}},'' 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.]]



* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties'' (1939)

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* ''Film/TheRoaringTwenties'' ''Film/{{The Roaring Twenties|1939}}'' (1939)



!!Tropes associated with James Cagney include:

* AllGirlsWantBadBoys
* BadassInANiceSuit

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!!Tropes associated with James Cagney Cagney's work include:

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** ChronicallyKilledActor: Due to the above trope.
* TheCastShowOff: Was a RealLife street fighter and amateur boxer. He would insist on doing his own fight scenes in movies.
** During the filming of ''Film/MisterRoberts'', director Creator/JohnFord either wanted to prove himself or thought it would be funny to try and intimidate Cagney. Cagney threatened a full-out beatdown if Ford kept pushing him. Ford backed off.
** And of course, the whole reason (well, [[RedScare one of the reasons]]) he wanted to do ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' was because he was tired of only getting roles as rough and tough gangsters, and wanted to return to his roots as a tap dancer.
* DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster

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** * ChronicallyKilledActor: Due to the above trope.
* TheCastShowOff: Was a RealLife street fighter
encroaching UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode and amateur boxer. He would insist on doing his own fight scenes in movies.
** During the filming of ''Film/MisterRoberts'', director Creator/JohnFord either wanted to prove himself or thought it would be funny to try and intimidate Cagney. Cagney threatened a full-out beatdown if Ford kept pushing him. Ford backed off.
** And of course, the whole reason (well, [[RedScare one of the reasons]]) he wanted to do ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' was because he was tired of only getting roles as rough and tough gangsters, and wanted to return to his roots as a tap dancer.
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its rules about "glorifying violence."
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DamnItFeelsGoodToBeAGangster



* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LargeHam: Yet pulled off hamminess in an effective and un{{narm}}y way. Creator/StanleyKubrick once cited him as an example how to do seemingly over-the-top acting while still making it dramatic.[[note]]Kubrick was talking to Creator/StevenSpielberg, who at the time didn't like ''Film/TheShining'' because he felt that Creator/JackNicholson's acting was too hammy. After asking Spielberg to list off his favorite actors, Kubrick asked him "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion Where's James Cagney?]]" Spielberg was at a loss as to how he could have missed him, and that eventually caused him to change his mind about the film.[[/note]]

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* %%* JerkWithAHeartOfGold
* LargeHam: Yet pulled off hamminess in an effective and un{{narm}}y way. Creator/StanleyKubrick once cited him as an example how to do seemingly over-the-top acting while still making it dramatic.[[note]]Kubrick was talking to Creator/StevenSpielberg, who at the time didn't like ''Film/TheShining'' because he felt that Creator/JackNicholson's acting was too hammy. After asking Spielberg to list off his favorite actors, Kubrick asked him "[[ArmorPiercingQuestion Where's "Where's James Cagney?]]" Cagney?" Spielberg was at a loss as to how he could have missed him, and that eventually caused him to change his mind about the film.[[/note]]



* MommasBoy
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: His movies often come with a disclaimer decrying violence to deter accusations of glorifying violence. Creator/WarnerBros 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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* %%* MommasBoy
* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: His movies often come with a disclaimer decrying violence to deter accusations of glorifying violence. Creator/WarnerBros maintained that gangster pictures were meant to serve as a warning, but no one was fooled. [[TropesAreNotBad [[TropesAreTools (Not that anyone was complaining, though...)]]



* SelfMadeMan
* VillainProtagonist

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* %%* VillainProtagonist



* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Growing up in UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, Cagney learnt [[http://www.mahnishmah.com/system/scripts/modules/admin/pages/show_page.cgi?p=13241 fluent Yiddish]] from his [[IrishmanAndAJew Jewish playmates]].
30th May '17 6:04:45 PM nombretomado
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* OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope: His movies often come with a disclaimer decrying violence to deter accusations of glorifying violence. WarnerBrothers 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 Creator/WarnerBros maintained that gangster pictures were meant to serve as a warning, but no one was fooled. [[TropesAreNotBad (Not that anyone was complaining, though...)]]
7th Nov '16 4:58:09 AM NWolfman
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** And of course, the whole reason (well, [[TheRedScare one of the reason]]) he wanted to do ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' was because he was tired of only getting roles as rough and tough gangsters, and wanted to return to his roots as a tap dancer.

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** And of course, the whole reason (well, [[TheRedScare [[RedScare one of the reason]]) reasons]]) he wanted to do ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' was because he was tired of only getting roles as rough and tough gangsters, and wanted to return to his roots as a tap dancer.
7th Nov '16 4:57:40 AM NWolfman
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** And of course, the whole reason (well, [[TheRedScare one of the reason]]) he wanted to do ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'' was because he was tired of only getting roles as rough and tough gangsters, and wanted to return to his roots as a tap dancer.
7th Nov '16 4:50:36 AM NWolfman
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Cagney's life story was recently immortalized in an off-broadway musical simply titled ''Cagney'', following his humble beginnings as a dock worker, his success and eventual falling out with Warner Bros., up to his acceptance of a lifetime achievement award from the American Film Institute.
22nd Sep '16 2:52:19 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* BeamMeUpScotty: Cagney lampooned his 'best-known" line at the AFI awards.
-->"I never said, '[=MMMMmmm=] you dirty rat.' ''({{beat}})'' What I actually said was '[[Creator/CaryGrant Judy, Judy, Judy!]]'"
22nd Sep '16 2:50:19 PM CumbersomeTercel
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* OneBookAuthor: ''Short Cut to Hell'' (1957) is the only film Cagney ever directed.
4th Sep '16 2:39:31 PM KingClark
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-->"I never said, "[=MMMMmmm=] you dirty rat. ''({{beat}})'' What I actually said was "[[Creator/CaryGrant Judy, Judy, Judy!]]"

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-->"I never said, "[=MMMMmmm=] '[=MMMMmmm=] you dirty rat. rat.' ''({{beat}})'' What I actually said was "[[Creator/CaryGrant '[[Creator/CaryGrant Judy, Judy, Judy!]]"Judy!]]'"
8th Aug '16 7:03:39 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/BlondeCrazy'' (1931)
30th Mar '16 1:38:04 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:320:The ''[[UrExample original]]'' [[Film/PublicEnemies Public Enemy]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:320:The [[caption-width-right:300:The ''[[UrExample original]]'' [[Film/PublicEnemies Public Enemy]].]]
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