The Irish in Us (1935)

Ma O’Hara (Mary Gordon) is the proud mother of three sons, equally proud of them all though one is less accomplished than the others. Mike (Frank McHugh) is a fireman, Pat (Pat O’Brien) is a policeman… and Danny (James Cagney) has big dreams of being a fight promoter, but hasn’t seen much success. Pat hopes to marry Lucille Jackson (Olivia de Havilland), the daughter of … Continue reading The Irish in Us (1935)

Favorite things about… Blonde Crazy (1931)

The favorite film: Blonde Crazy, a pre-code crime comedy from Warner Bros. The cast: James Cagney as Bert Joan Blondell as Ann Louis Calhern as Dapper Dan Noel Francis as Helen Ray Milland as Joe Guy Kibbee as A. Rupert Johnson Jr. The synopsis: Bellhop Bert Harris helps Ann Roberts get a job as a chambermaid at the hotel where he works. Bellhoppin’ isn’t Bert’s … Continue reading Favorite things about… Blonde Crazy (1931)

TMP Reads: Cagney by Cagney

In 1976, James Cagney published his autobiography. Three biographies about the actor had previously been published, all with “Cagney” in the title, but these were “heavy with cockeyed conclusions and some solid misinformation.” It was time for the man to reclaim his name and tell his own story, in his own words. So, Cagney by Cagney was born, an effort to tell the real story, … Continue reading TMP Reads: Cagney by Cagney

Something to Sing About (1937)

Terry Rooney (James Cagney) is working as a band leader in New York. He puts on unique performances in which he not only leads the band, but shows off his stellar dancing skills as they play. Terry will be leaving the Big Apple behind to seek stardom in Hollywood. He has been invited to star in his very first film. When he arrives in Hollywood, … Continue reading Something to Sing About (1937)

Star Spotlight: James Cagney

James Cagney Born James Francis Cagney, Jr. Date of birth: July 17, 1899 Date of death: March 30, 1986 Roles First role: Sinner’s Holiday (1930) Final role: Terrible Joe Moran (TV movie, 1984) Best known for… …playing a tough guy in Warner Bros. gangster flicks …excelling as a song and dance man despite his tough guy image …winning a lawsuit against Warner after they violated … Continue reading Star Spotlight: James Cagney

These Wilder Years (1956)

A note from Lindsey: This film was viewed as a part of TMP’s Barbara Stanwyck filmography project. Steve Bradford (James Cagney) is a well-known business man who has made a success of himself. Alerting his company that he’ll be out of the office for a while to deal with personal business, Steve has decided to return to the town where he went to college twenty … Continue reading These Wilder Years (1956)

Footlight Parade (1933)

Chester Kent has been flopping on Broadway, so it’s time for a slight career change. He gets a new gig as the creator of prologues, which are performed in movie theaters before the feature presentation. Chester comes up with the brilliant idea of staging prologues that can be shown around the country, at any theater. In order to impress the theater circuit interested in his … Continue reading Footlight Parade (1933)