The 7 Wonders of the Pre-Code World: 7

The back of James Cagney’s head.


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.

5 Responses to “The 7 Wonders of the Pre-Code World: 7”

  1. Ah! Those were the days!

    Nowadays, a star will ask the CGI experts to photoshop away scars and wrinkles

  2. Christopher Says:

    I suppose he got those from back sassin’ his Irish Mudder!

  3. The scars are prominently featured as Jimmy’s introductory shot — I suspect they’re character scars rather than actor scars, but who knows?

  4. Although this is a long-dead thread, there is one thing that should be noted in case anyone stumbles here – this shot is from Jimmy The Gent and not Picture Snatcher.

  5. There are no dead threads! And you’re absolutely right. I viewed both films close together and must have somehow got them blurred. Deplorable. You can now claim a prize!

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