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White Heat vs the Public Enemy

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I love both films equally. Actually *White Heat* could sort of be an alternate reality sequel to the *Public Enemy*. There are some great performances in *White Heat*, esp. by Cagney and Edmond O'Brien.


Both are great and included in the Gangsters Vol 1 set.


*White Heat* would be one of my essentials.




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I think Margaret Wycherly, who plays Ma in White Heat, is a great actress. Great in White Heat, she's even better as Mrs. Deventer in Random Harvest and best -- what a solid performance -- as Mother York in Sergeant York.

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I think I like The Public Enemy better. I just love Cagney in his early years. He's even kind of cute. White Heat is a terrific gangster movie, but too violent and relentlessly grim for my taste.

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