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Bogart Vs. Cagney Vs. Robinson


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Some time ago there was a thread called "The Ending of White Heat." There was a lot of lively discussion on it, a good thread, I felt, and I hope that you don't mind if I re-introduce a conversational element of it here because, after all, perhaps most people reading this never saw the earlier thread, or, if they did, don't remember it.

 

For those familiar with White Heat, I've always been rather fascinated by the relationship in that film between Cody Jarrett (Cagney) and Hank Fallon (Edmond O'Brien), the undercover FBI agent who infiltrates Jarrett's gang. Jarrett, as you may recall, particularly after his mother's death, establishes something close to a brotherly love for Fallon, and treats him with a certain respect (ironically, of course, considering that Fallon is the law, plotting to take him down) that he gives no one else.

 

 

 

Okay, so we all know that Jarrett is a lunatic who seems capable of almost anything, and Fallon is showing a lot of personal courage by playing the game of deceit with this nut case that he is. Fallon is, in fact, one of "good guys," since he represents the law and order of society, and Jarrett is representative of outlaw anarchy.

 

 

 

Yet, I'm always bothered and disturbed by that scene at the end of White Heat. Jarrett is on top of the oil tank, a couple of bullets in him, laughing to himself and still firing a few shots back at the cops. He has, of course, gone completely over the edge and all audience members are watching in fascination to see how this mad dog is finally going to die.

 

 

 

And Fallon has been trying to make his personal contribution to that death, by shooting Jarrett with a long range rifle.

 

 

 

At one point, after Jarrett defiantly fires back another shot after having been hit by a slug, Fallon impatiently asks the question, "What's holding him up?" as he then prepares to take another shot at him.

 

 

 

And it's that cold blooded "What's holding him up" statement from Fallon that always bothered me, to the extent that my sympathy switches over to Jarrett. And it's Fallon that I regard with some distain.

 

 

 

Yes, Jarrett is a monster and he is fully deserving of his death. But there's something else involved here, as well, I think. Jarrett adopted Fallon almost like a brother or son. He came closer to loving Fallon than anyone outside of his mother. Fallon played the game and lured him into trusting him, something, of course, that it was essential for him to do.

 

 

 

Yet, when Jarrett, who mistakenly trusted Fallon and was, from Cody's viewpoint, betrayed by him, refuses to die quickly, Fallon becomes upset ("What's holding him up?") and he is more than ready to try to kill him. But, I ask myself, why is Fallon the one shooting him? There would be other FBI men capable of taking Jarrett down surely. It didn't have to be the man that Jarrett trusted. (Okay, okay, it's a Hollywood movie, I know).

 

 

 

I feel a great conflict of emotion here, the battle between seeing a lunatic killer die, and the fact that that same lunatic trusted a man who is now ready to very cold-bloodedly gun him down. The issue that comes to mind is that this is not a black-and-white world that we're dealing with in White Heat.

 

 

 

Jarrett's a monster, granted. But what about the ethics and morality of an FBI agent like Fallon, playing upon the emotions of another man, pretending to be his friend, then, in a flash, showing his true colours, and suddenly willing to be that same man's executioner? Fallon has a nasty but necessary job to do, I know. Morally, though, I find his cold bloodedness in preparing to execute a man who treated him like a brother to be chilling. Fallon and Jarrett, are they not, to a degree, two sides of the same ruthless coin?

 

 

 

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Tom, It always bothered me too the line, "What's holding him up?" Maybe because it's our man he is talking about. I try and picture a noted criminal in Cagney's place and the line don't bother me as much. I find myself rooting for the FBI. But even though Cagney plays a badman in many of his films I don't see him as a badman because in real life he was the total opposite. Maybe I don't make sense but I think this thought fits how I feel.

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Well, crazyblonde, in response to your sympathy for Cagney's character, I don't feel quite the same way because, whether or not Cagney was a decent man in real life, I can get caught up in the excellence of his performances when he plays a real baddie. And he was never so much of a baddie as when he played Cody Jarrett.

 

However, as was also discussed in that earlier thread I mentioned, I also had, and still do, have a contention that many audience members will have mixed feelings when they see Cody Jarrett finally get it in White Heat. On the one hand his character is a lunatic and society will clearly be better off without him.

 

On the other hand, it's the sheer bravura with which Cagney plays that scene that, whatever Cody's thousand and one flaws as a human being were, he's going out with style. Think about it. In his final moments, with the cops rushing to get away, Jarrett stands there defiantly, almost triumphantly, screaming to the heavens, "Made it, Ma. Top of the world!"

 

Yes, he's defeated and about to die, but he's going out his way, blowing himself up and trying to take as many of the cops with him as he can. He may be nuts but he's got balls galore. Do you not think that many audience members will not admire the audacity of his final departure scene? Perhaps they don't quite sympathize with the fact the he's going to die (after all, he deserves it) but they will be thinking he went out with macho guns ablazing. And not many others would have the guts to do that.

 

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I figure Cagney had more testosterone going for him in this scene than many actors had in their entire careers.

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Hi cb:

 

You will be happy to know that TopBilled has a very good pic posted of Cagney in the CLASSIC MISSING IN ACTION Thread, today, Sunday.

 

Cagney looks Very very handsome in this pic., I think !

 

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Tom, I do get caught up in the character especially the first few times I see a movie and Cagney the great actor that he is always makes me get caught up. And I understand what you mean about O'brien's Charactor he could seem just as cruel as Cody at times even though he is on the good side of the fence. I hated that he hurt Cody even though Cody deserved it. The end of the movie, Wow what an ending. So powerful! They don't make them like that anymore! Cody was actually still in control. He made the cops run and he decided his destiny. Great ending! Also the fact that the FBI couldn't shoot him down made him bigger than King Kong who was shot down. Classic Cagney movie! Thanks Tom for bringing it up!

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Found it Twinkeee! Yes, handsome! I always felt young Cagney with his beautiful red hair, blue eyes, nice physique and magnetism was very handsome! And what chemistry he had with leading ladies like Ann Sheridan, Madge Evans, Judy Travis, Mayo, Mary Brian and some others! Sexy!

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The reason it was Fallon was because he was the other male star in the picture. It really is that simple. We see the same thing in many movies; one of the stars of the film is involved in the final scene in a way that just isn't logical or realistic.

 

So you know the answer to your question of 'why' since you gave it; (Okay, okay, it's a Hollywood movie, I know).

 

 

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But, James, you made no mention of my main contention in that posting, that in many ways "good guy" Fallon and "bad guy" Jarrett in White Heat show the same cold blooded ruthlessness in their personalities. Fallon may be doing it for professional reasons and Jarrett because he's psychotic but, morally, they are, in some respects, two sides of the same coin.

 

 

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While both men "show the same cold blooded ruthlessness in their personalities", since their motive is vastly different I don't find them morally equivalant. (yea, I know you said 'to some respects').

 

For example, I don't think Fallon would treat fellow 'good guys' (e.g. other cops), like Cody treated members of his own gang. Cody cared for no one but his mother and himself. Fallon cares for others, which is why he decided to become a mole.

 

 

 

 

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> {quote:title=crazyblonde7 wrote:}{quote}Found it Twinkeee! Yes, handsome! I always felt young Cagney with his beautiful red hair, blue eyes, nice physique and magnetism was very handsome! And what chemistry he had with leading ladies like Ann Sheridan, Madge Evans, Judy Travis, Mayo, Mary Brian and some others! Sexy!

Given how Good Looking he was, I 'm sure he did have good 'chemistry' with his leading ladies!

In fact, I did not know that he was 'That' handsome when he was very young as I had never seen pic's of him before around that age, until I spotted that one today. It really surprised me ! B-)

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> {quote:title=movielover11 wrote:}{quote}So glad someone else thought the young Cagney was handsome. I always thought so. I also thought the young Vic Morrow resembled James Cagney, a very big resemblence there.

 

 

 

Yeah, He sure looked 'Hot 'n Sexy' in that pic.,... B-)

 

 

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James, I don't want to overstate my case by implying that Jarrett and Fallon are exact moral equivalents to one another. Clearly that is not the case. If I was to have either Hank Fallon or Cody Jarrett as a next door neighbour, take a wild guess which one I would prefer by ten million miles.

 

However, being a Hollywood product of the post-war years, involving more realism than the studio system was known for before the war, White Heat, I feel, touches on a certain moral ambiguity with Hank Fallon's FBI mole character. This, of course, would become increasingly more the case with other characters in many genres of films over the years, ranging from crime dramas to westerns.

 

Fallon's duplicitous behaviour with Jarrett, his subsequent "betrayal" of him (at least in Cody's eyes), combined with his steely eyed determination to execute the man who had regarded him as a friend makes that FBI agent a pretty hard case. You can say that he has to do so out of professional necessity, I know. But most men do not possess the same kind of ruthlessness that Fallon has in order to carry it off. Ironically, one of the men who, morally, could have done it was Cody Jarrett. Again, my point, are Fallon and Jarrett really so far apart, in that respect, at least?

 

There is also no doubt that for me, as a viewer, when I hear Fallon utter that "What's holding him up?" line and then take aim again at Jarrett with his long range rifle, my sympathies, at that moment, are clearly with the gangster, laughing lunatic that he may be.

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Well the job of a mole is morally ambiguous. One has to be very cold to avoid something similar to the Stockholm syndrome. I do agree with you that having Fallon be the one trying to kill Cody and say that last line pushes this character to an ugly side.

 

Maybe the feeling you get as a viewer from that scene is exactly what the producer and director intended; for one's sympathies, at that moment, to be with the star of the picture; Cagney. (similar to how one feels at the end of Angel's With Dirty Faces).

 

 

 

 

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Actually, James, although both Cagney characters are gangsters, Rocky Sullivan is a total contrast to Cody Jarrett inasmuch as Sullivan is a classic sympathetic "good" bad man driven to his crimes by being a child of poverty. Jarrett, on the other hand, has no "justification" for his crimes and his psychotic behaviour is a reflection of the darkness found in many Hollywood characters in the post-war period.

 

Yet, for me, as I stated earlier, perhaps due to the fact that it is Cagney playing the role and he plays Jarrett's final moments in such a bravura fashion, I do have a certain degree of sympathy for him at the end. That sympathy, of course, is also mixed with a fascinated repugance with the character, as well.

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Well, crazyblonde, certainly both Jarrett and King Kong leave a lot of destruction behind them after they're gone. Kong is gunned down by authorities while Jarrett does himself in in spectacular fashion just before the authorities are about to get him.

 

A key difference between them, though: Kong is a lot more sympathetic.

 

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Made it, Ma! Top of the Empire State Building!

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As much as I love Cagney the actor when I watch *White Heat* I give a big sigh of relief when Cody Jarrett gets "terminated". He was truly a monster and I am sure Cagney wanted him thought of in that way, And its a tribute to his acting talent that we the audience see that. Much the same way that I feel about Richard Widmark's Tommy Udo in *Kiss Of Death* , although Udo doesn't die, he just goes to the big house for life.

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mrroberts, are you saying that you don't have a grudging admiration for the sheer bravura of Cody Jarrett in his final moments? That he is a monster is an incontestable statement. The fact that I do feel a few twinges of sympathy for the monster, though, adds to the fascination of White Heat's ending.

 

However, it would be interesting to know how many audience members feel the way you do about Jarrett's demise, as opposed to my mixed reaction to it. I rather suspect that more have that mixed reaction. I could be wrong, though.

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Tom, I definitely feel sympathy for Cody when he finds out Fallon has betrayed him (no quotation marks around the word betrayed, it is exactly how Cody feels and how anyone would feel, lunatic or not.) You posted a still of this earlier, Cody's face when he discovers the truth about the guy he trusted.

 

I also feel tremendous admiration for Cody in that final scene on top of the oil tower. How can we not? I'm positive both Walsh and Cagney wanted the audience to experience mixed feelings for Cody in that moment.

I always admire people who show defiance like that (in movies, anyway). I wish I could think of other moments like that in the movies, I know there are many.

Defiance means the person has spirit, "balls", chutzpah.whatever you want to call it. A healthy disrespect for authority, a refusal to surrender. Even if it means going down in a hail of bullets or an explosion on top of an oil tower, it shows a kind of intensity in their personality, a fire in their soul (no pun intended) that I cannot help but appreciate and grudgingly respect.

 

 

Your assessment of Fallen's character at the end, when he remarks on "what's keeping him up?", is spot on. I've always been bothered by Fallen's cold-bloodedness in that scene. And yeah, maybe "it's Hollywood", but all along we've been identifying (as much as we do with anyone in *White Heat* ) with Edmund O'Brien's character. I don't think it was necessary to have him say that line. And much as I like O'Brien as an actor, I think the scene would have been more effective if he had shown some ambivalence in his feelings, if not a line of dialogue (that might have been too much), at least by the expression on his face. But no, O'Brien plays it straight, FBI agent getting his man.

 

 

The whole idea of someone going undercover and joining a group they intend to betray for the sake of "the good", whether it's the police or the military or some other organization, is a very common and fascinating theme, in movies and literature. We could have an entire thread about that. (not hinting, just saying.)

 

Edited by: misswonderly on Aug 5, 2013 11:18 AM

changed "ambiguity" to "ambivalence" - it's a better word for what I meant

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*MissWwrote: And much as I like O'Brien as an actor, I think the scene would have been more effective if he had shown some ambiguity in his feelings, if not a line of dialogue (that might have been too much), at least by the expression on his face. But no, O'Brien plays it straight, FBI agent getting his man.*

 

Thanks very much for your intelligent, perceptive posting, MissW.

 

And I think your suggestion was a great one. Hank Fallon is the most admirable person in White Heat. Even though the viewer never knows much about his background or the details of his life, Fallon is smart, quick witted, incredibly courageous to infiltrate a hoodlum's gang, even to the extent of the gang leader regarding him as a bit of a soul mate. And Fallon is a dedicated professional doing all that he does in the name of bettering society. Something of an idealized portrait, really, perhaps lacking the depth of a few character flaws to make him more interesting but assisted by the fact that a solid, dependable actor like Edmond O'Brien is playing him.

 

The problem for me with Fallon is, of course, that cold blooded "What's holding him up?" moment, which, in turn, has always tainted my feelings about his character.

 

How much more emotionally satisfying would it have been, as you suggested, MissW, if Raoul Walsh had allowed O'Brien to have a two or three second moment in which the actor had been allowed to portray mixed emotions about Jarrett's death. It could have been a twist of his mouth or his eyes dropping for a moment as he sees the man who had befriended him about to perish. Just something to indicate the Fallon was a little more complicated as a human being, rather than just an FBI automaton out to finish off the job by putting a bullet in Jarrett's head.

 

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Whenever people discuss the great attributes of White Heat, there is, understandably, a concentration upon Cagney's performance, as well as the brisk direction of Raoul Walsh. Walsh simply directed too many of my favourite films for me to regard him as anything less than, at his peak during the Warners period of his career, a truly great filmmaker. A good celluloid story teller, Walsh was renowned for his action scenes and ability to work well with macho film actors. He could also show, at times, a softer, more sensitive approach to some scenes in his films, creating some genuinely touching moments, and, Walsh cared about his film characters, allowing them greater scope than you might see with some other directors.

 

Which brings me to Virginia Mayo's performance as Verna Jarrett, Cody's conniving, double dealing wife in the film. Mayo was, of course, a great beauty, which was initially her ticket into the movies. The problem for her then became the old familiar tale of stereotyping, and the fact that producers couldn't envision her in roles that required any kind of real acting talent.

 

Even though she was wonderful as Dana Andrews' selfish, shallow wife in The Best Years of Our Lives, she usually got cast in window dressing roles. White Heat, in my opinion, shows just how strong she could be as a dramatic performer. Having a director like Walsh and an actor like Cagney, known for his generosity as a co-worker, must have been a great boon for Mayo in this film.

 

The first shot that Walsh gives us of the actress is a closeup of her, asleep on a bed, gorgeous, of course, but snoring. Snoring clearly tells the viewer that this is no lady as real ladies clearly didn't snore in the movies. Her hair is dishevelled (well, sort of) and she gets out of bed grouchy and complaining. Audiences know already that Mayo is playing one tough dame. (Just how tough and two-timing will become more apparent as the film progresses). My point being, however, is that director Walsh immediately provides the viewer with an insight into Verna in just the first two minutes of Mayo's appearance in the film.

 

What a blessing it must have been for this actress to be working with a director trying to assist her in her characterization. And what an impression Mayo leaves with the viewer, too, right up to that moment towards the end, when she is more than willing to work with the cops to lure Jarrett out of his hideaway, just so long as it gets her a break. What a rat, a beautiful one, to be sure, but still, a rat. (The same one, by the way, who earlier abandoned Cody to take up with Big Ed Steve Cochrane, then, when Cody gets the drop on her, turns around and sets up Big Ed to get a bullet in the back).

 

Through all these nasty activities Mayo is completely convincing. What a cold hearted dame she is. White Heat would be the dramatic highlight of Mayo's career. Mayo brings a brassy, slatternly quality to her hard boiled, gum chewing characterization. You know she'll go with any man until a better one comes along for her.

 

But, let's face it, good as she was, the actress was playing a type of gun moll than no critic or film producer ever thought should be confused with great acting. She then went back to light, frothy roles in the movies. Did none of those film producers notice her terrific work in White Heat? Thank goodness, though, Walsh saw her potential and she was able to shine here, at least. And, to think, she's this good, not overshaowed, when her male co-star is James Cagney, arguably giving the performance of his career. That says a lot about Mayo's talent, too.

 

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