And so intense - I love watching him act. If they're playing [italic]White Heat[/italic], check out how full on the performance is. And he was 50 years old when he did that one.
...and he was gay.
I think he actually WAS gay, or at least bi. Have heard some stories over the years. Watch him dance in West Point Story if you want the very definition of "light in the loafers." LOVED him!
Please, the guy was not gay- he was a total homebody, and very conservative, in real life. Married to same woman like 50 years. Never heard hint of scandal - if you have, posit it here, with authentication.
Yeah, he had a sexy, tough quality about him, even though he wasn't traditionally handsome.
This belongs in that other thread about unrelated celebs who look alike, but I always thought Andy Bell of Erasure looked exactly like Cagney.
Can somebody explain these Public Enemy (the rap group, not the Cagney film) lyrics?
[quote]"Ask James Cagney / He beat up on a guy when he found he was a fagney / Cagney is a favorite / He is my boy / He don't jive around / He's a real McCoy."
"Well, here's one"
Well, if June Allyson says Cagney was gay, it must be true! Actually, June Allyson was a senile old bag who did adult diaper commercials. I wouldn't exactly take anything she said as the gospel truth. She's one actress I absolutely could not stand. I always though she was unattractive and annoying as hell.
In the lyrics for Noel coward's "mad about the boy" he's the boy.
Just a great star. An excellent dancer and an incredible dramatic performer. What R1 said is correct.
I thought it was Tyrone Power, r14?
Excellent dancer, very quick and light, and was excellent in 1930s musicals, for which he never gets any critical respect because his tough-guy persona overshadowed the lighter side.
I read his autobiography years ago, not very interesting. No hints of The Gay, but then there wouldn't be. He seems to have been a nice guy who led a quiet life away from the camera. Married forever, apparently happily.
I read it a while ago and a quick google finds this ref in a noel coward bio.
Incredible dancer. I NEVER tire of watching that tap dance he does in YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, not to mention when he dances down that staircase at the end!
But R1 is right---SUCH intensity as an actor, and such attention to little details. The way he looks at women, a shrug of the shoulders to show his discomfort at entering a church--his performances are full of them.
And if he had done nothing else but that final scene in ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES, when they're dragging him off to the electric chair, that would have been enough! LOVE him!
I guess that's pre-code stuff @ R19 because it's kind of blatant.
Interesting - thanks, r18.
Love him, especially his pre-code stuff. He's so hot in the 'Shanghai Lil' number from FOOTLIGHT PARADE.
I DEMAND pictures of James Cagney showing his hole on Manhunt.
Like him as an actor, can't stand his sway-backed, duck butt, slew-footed dancing.
I could not drag myself to bed last night watching him in One, Two, Three. Even as a somewhat senior citizen, he exploded off the screen. The Wilder words were the fuse but he blew the bomb up real good.
There is some story somewhere about him, Fred Astaire and some other actor all waking up naked after a night of debauched drinking. Not sure it was sexual but they were apparently all absolutely plowed and it was very uncharacteristic of Fred Astaire. It might have involved Nick Adams, too, who was a bisexual actor.
I found it. The story is from Mickey Rooney's autobio "Life is Too Short."
Yank My Doodle, It's A Dandy is a porn parody that actually maks an effort to follow the film it's satirizing. Watching a naked penis bounce during tapdancing is a highlight.
I caught him yesterday in Each Dawn I die, and there's a great scene where his mother visits him in prison, and he pretends everything is swell for her benefit. Then, when it's time to go back, he gets up and starts walking down the hall to his cell--in about 12 steps he completely changes his face, his walk, and his body language as he goes from being the loving son to the tough con. It's an amazing transformation.
His co-star was George Raft, and I've never understood his appeal before watching that movie. The guy radiated charisma in every scene, and whenever he smiled I caught myself automatically smiling along with him.
James Cagney on What's My Line.
I think Jeremy Renner could play JC in a biography.
Yes, yes! James Cagney resembles Jeremy Renner, and if James Cagney was gay, then the similarity is complete. Jeremy Lee is adorably gay! And that is why he plays each role with such intensity that his gay is totally buried. But then, J R wants to play Steve McQueen who'd had so many girlfriends. I just wonder how Jeremy is going to do it.
[quote]Love him, especially his pre-code stuff. He's so hot in the 'Shanghai Lil' number from FOOTLIGHT PARADE.
Ohmygawd. I love "Footlight Parade". It's such a dated freakshow of crazy implausibility, yet it is incredibly entertaining, and downright inspired in parts. Cagney is so incredibly watchable it's insane. Oh, and the doe-eyed Ruby Keeler to boot!
[quote]Actually, June Allyson was a senile old bag who did adult diaper commercials.
Not for her entire life, you dipshit.