History Creator / JamesCagney

14th Feb '18 7:59:10 PM costanton11
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* BeamMeUpScotty: Cagney once 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!]]'"



* 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.



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* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Was known as a very kind and gracious man who frequently played gagnsters.



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%%* MommasBoy* OneBookAuthor: ''Short Cut to Hell'' (1957) is the only film Cagney ever directed.



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* StarMakingRole: ''Film/ThePublicEnemy''.
10th Feb '18 10:12:07 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 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 persona wasn't all for show, though; Cagney staggered Warner Bros. staggered Creator/WarnerBros 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.



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.

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Cagney's life story was recently immortalized in an off-broadway 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.
10th Feb '18 10:11:07 PM Mdumas43073
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[[caption-width-right:300:The ''[[UrExample original]]'' [[Film/PublicEnemies Public Enemy]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:The [[caption-width-right:280:The ''[[UrExample original]]'' [[Film/PublicEnemies Public Enemy]].]]



29th Jan '18 8:06:15 AM JamesAustin
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Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more to say [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cagney here.]]

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Wiki/TheOtherWiki [[Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} The Other Wiki]] has more to say [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cagney here.]]



!!Partial filmography for James Cagney:

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!!Partial filmography for James Cagney:
!!James Cagney films with pages on TV Tropes:


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* ''Film/{{Man of a Thousand Faces|1957}}'' (1957)
15th Jan '18 4:35:11 AM Kitchen90
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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/{{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.]]

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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/{{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.]]
in]] Creator/MaeClarke's face.
19th Oct '17 1:40:14 AM jamespolk
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* ''Theatre/TheTimeOfYourLife'' (1948)
1st Jul '17 4:50:11 PM nombretomado
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TheOtherWiki has more to say [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cagney here.]]

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TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki has more to say [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Cagney here.]]
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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* 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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* 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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* 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...)]]



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* 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.
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