Final Week: “Ruby Sparks” & “Sparkle”; James Cagney in “White Heat” is This Week’s Summer Classic

White Heat is a 1949 film noir starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O’Brien, it is considered one of the classic gangster films and was added to the National Film Registry in 2003 as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

Raoul Walsh’s crime drama goes further into the psychology of a gangster than most fear to tread and James Cagney’s portrayal of the tragic anti-hero is constantly volatile. Seen today, White Heat stands as one of the classic crime films of the 1940s, containing perhaps Cagney’s best bad-guy portrayal. The star plays criminal mastermind Cody Jarrett, a mother-dominated psychotic who dreams of being on “top of the world.” trailer

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