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« on: September 02, 2003, 02:44:36 AM »
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This man needs a thread. One of the greatest, purest actors in all of the cinema. My top 5 Cagney performances/pictures.

1. Yankee Doodle Dandy
2. One, Two, Three
3. Angels With Dirty Faces
4. The Public Enemy
5. Mister Roberts
*Honourable mention: The Oklahoma Kid.

All great movies and Cagney always stole the show in any film IMO. A marvelous screen actor.

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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2003, 02:49:38 AM »
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You forgot:



"Made it, ma. Top of the world!"
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« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2003, 03:05:25 AM »
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"What do ya want? A medal?"  :wink:

Oh I didn't forget it but yes if I included one more, that would've been it. I quickly debated which one should get honourable mention... the grapefruit or the 'top of the world' and ultimately chose the former because I can watch that all day.

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« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2003, 03:58:22 PM »
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'Love Me or Leave Me'. Wonderful rapport as Doris Day's Gimp.

I've seen virtually every Cagney film, and he's never bad.

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« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2003, 05:38:09 PM »
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I actually thought more people would have something to say about Cagney. This surprised me.

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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2003, 10:32:19 PM »
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I have only seen the public enemy....it was great and i thought he did a good job...Isn't he typecasted as a gangster character though?...i 'm not saying that's bad or anything i am just wondering....

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« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2003, 10:57:22 PM »
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He did a lot of gangster films, yeah, but if you watch films like Yankee Doodle Dandy and Mister Roberts, for example, you'll see he had a range that very few actors, if any, could compete with.

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« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2003, 11:03:48 PM »
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Or watch "Man Of A Thousand Faces" and watch him play Lon Chaney.

"Mister Roberts" is a must see, not only for Cagney, but for Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon. It always makes me cry.
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« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2003, 11:13:18 PM »
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Yeah, MP is a very powerful picture. LeRoy could bring out the very best of performances (even though they're naturals anyway).. "Random Harvest" is another good example I can think of for that. Watched it again recently.
Still surprised only 3 people have something to say about him. This is when its a little sad when current actors like.. I dunno, Philip S.H. has so many more people saying something. Cagney deserves better but hey  :(

 

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