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When is TCM going to have a James Cagney festival? A great actor and entertainer. I'm especially very axsious to see " Angels with Dirty faces "! Does anyone have an idea when this film maybe aired?

 

Cagney films are featured on TCM very often since Cagney was a Warner Brothers star.     TCM shows Angels at least a few times per year.  So hang in there I'm sure it will be shown soon.      Cagney was Star of the Month in 2008 so it might be a few years before he is again.

 

But since Cagney is one of the most featured male actors on TCM one doesn't have to wait long for TCM to show a Cagney film.

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A salute to Cagney is scheduled on July 17 from 6a - 8p.

 

6:00 AM Taxi! (1932)  

A feisty independent cab driver fights off a crooked syndicate.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Loretta Young , George E. Stone .

BW-69 mins, CC,

7:15 AM Winner Take All (1932)  

A prize fighter tries to help an invalid and her baby.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Marian Nixon , Guy Kibbee .

BW-66 mins, CC,

8:30 AM Footlight Parade (1933)  

A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show.

DirLloyd Bacon CastJames Cagney , Joan Blondell , Ruby Keeler .

BW-104 mins, CC,

10:30 AM Hard To Handle (1933)  

A hustling public relations man promotes a series of fads.

DirMervyn LeRoy CastJames Cagney , Mary Brian , Allen Jenkins .

BW-78 mins, CC,

12:00 PM Lady Killer (1933)  

A criminal on the run becomes a Hollywood movie star.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Mae Clarke , Margaret Lindsay .

BW-76 mins, CC,

1:30 PM Mayor Of Hell, The (1933)  

A racketeer goes straight to run a reform school.

DirArchie Mayo CastJames Cagney , Madge Evans , Arthur Byron .

BW-90 mins, CC,

3:15 PM Picture Snatcher (1933)  

An ex-con brings his crooked ways to a job as a news photographer.

DirLloyd Bacon CastJames Cagney , Ralph Bellamy , Patricia Ellis .

BW-77 mins, CC,

4:45 PM Here Comes the Navy (1934)  

A cocky naval cadet clashes with an old friend serving with him.

DirLloyd Bacon CastJames Cagney , Pat O'Brien , Gloria Stuart .

BW-87 mins, CC,

6:15 PM Jimmy The Gent (1934)  

An unscrupulous detective makes a killing locating missing heirs.

DirMichael Curtiz CastJames Cagney , Bette Davis , Allen Jenkins .

BW-68 mins, CC,

 

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Nice line up of early Cagney;  many films just over an hour.    I'm trying to get my wife into these type of Warner 'programmers'.     She is from Italy and though she speaks and understands English very well the quick talking and action in these early 30's films can throw her off.

 

I also have to remind her to NOT get distracted.   If one turns away from these films for a few minutes one can miss a birth, a wedding and a funeral  (sometimes all for the same person!).    ;)

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A salute to Cagney is scheduled on July 17 from 6a - 8p.

 

6:00 AM Taxi! (1932)  

A feisty independent cab driver fights off a crooked syndicate.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Loretta Young , George E. Stone .

BW-69 mins, CC,

7:15 AM Winner Take All (1932)  

A prize fighter tries to help an invalid and her baby.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Marian Nixon , Guy Kibbee .

BW-66 mins, CC,

8:30 AM Footlight Parade (1933)  

A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show.

DirLloyd Bacon CastJames Cagney , Joan Blondell , Ruby Keeler .

BW-104 mins, CC,

10:30 AM Hard To Handle (1933)  

A hustling public relations man promotes a series of fads.

DirMervyn LeRoy CastJames Cagney , Mary Brian , Allen Jenkins .

BW-78 mins, CC,

12:00 PM Lady Killer (1933)  

A criminal on the run becomes a Hollywood movie star.

DirRoy Del Ruth CastJames Cagney , Mae Clarke , Margaret Lindsay .

BW-76 mins, CC,

1:30 PM Mayor Of Hell, The (1933)  

A racketeer goes straight to run a reform school.

DirArchie Mayo CastJames Cagney , Madge Evans , Arthur Byron .

BW-90 mins, CC,

3:15 PM Picture Snatcher (1933)  

An ex-con brings his crooked ways to a job as a news photographer.

DirLloyd Bacon CastJames Cagney , Ralph Bellamy , Patricia Ellis .

BW-77 mins, CC,

4:45 PM Here Comes the Navy (1934)  

A cocky naval cadet clashes with an old friend serving with him.

DirLloyd Bacon CastJames Cagney , Pat O'Brien , Gloria Stuart .

BW-87 mins, CC,

6:15 PM Jimmy The Gent (1934)  

An unscrupulous detective makes a killing locating missing heirs.

DirMichael Curtiz CastJames Cagney , Bette Davis , Allen Jenkins .

BW-68 mins, CC,

Nothing new in that early Cagney tribute, but they're all great fun.  Having seen them all, I'd especially recommend 5 of them:  Footlight Parade, Hard to Handle, Lady Killer, Picture Snatcher, and Jimmy The Gent.  If anyone hasn't seen the "Shanghai Lil" song and dance number at the end of Footlight Parade, they're missing what may be the best musical scene in the history of film.

 

Here's "Shanghai Lil" in its entireity on YouTube, which is unusual, since it usually gets removed almost as soon as it gets put up.  It's the first time in many months that I've found it up there for more than a brief clip or two:

 

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xjzpoy_footlight-parade-shanghai-lil-1933_music

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A rather through review of early Cagney at Warner Bros, after his break out success in "The Public Enemy". The studio wanted to play up that cocky little tough guy image for Cagney , which he soon tired of and then he aggressively  started to lobby for other kind of characters to play.  I remember "Taxi" as being a rather entertaining film and offers a 19 year old Loretta Young as Cagney's leading lady. And this is the film that comes closest to giving us that famous "You dirty rat" line that became an unofficial Cagney trademark. And "Here Comes the Navy" is a film that is a favorite of mine because  of the great film footage of the Navy of 1934 and the scenes aboard the battleship Arizona.

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