Archive for May 30, 2009

The 7 Wonders of the Pre-Code World: 7

Posted in FILM with tags , , on May 30, 2009 by dcairns

The back of James Cagney’s head.

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I could, of course, have gone for the front of James Cagney’s head, which in this same film, PICTURE SNATCHER JIMMY THE GENT, is an awesomely cro-magnon affair, thrust and swung about like an extra appendage, in what may be the most jabbing performance ever. But, as Jean-Pierre Melville said of Chaplin, there are some things you don’t put on lists. Only the back of Cagney’s head can be listed, the rest of him is TOO GOOD.