Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Angels with Dirty Faces posts

Due to work-related issues, I didn't get to all the posts I wanted to write about Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), but here's a round-up of all the posts for the March movie of the month.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Supporting Players: George Bancroft

George Bancroft is remembered today for his memorable supporting roles in films like Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), but, throughout his colorful life, Bancroft was a silent film star, a rancher and a Naval hero.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Angels with Dirty Faces posts

It's hard to believe we're already more than halfway through March, but here's a roundup of my posts so far for the Movie of the Month, Angels with Dirty Faces (1938).

-An overview of Angels with Dirty Faces .

-A classic clips entry for a memorable scene in Angels with Dirty Faces between James Cagney and the Dead End Kids.

-James Cagney's classic 1939 gangster film, The Roaring Twenties.

- An in depth look at the electric chair sequence in Angels with Dirty Faces.

- The top five films of Angels with Dirty Faces co-star, Humphrey Bogart.

- Angels with Dirty Faces director Michael Curtiz helmed the all-star Western, Dodge City (1939).

- My entry in the Luck of the Irish Blog O'Thon: the screen partnership of James Cagney and Pat O'Brien.

Schedule permitting, I'll have a lot more on Angel with Dirty Faces throughout the rest of March, including features on the Dead End Kids and Michael Curtiz.

Monday, March 16, 2015

James Cagney and Pat O'Brien

Today, we're participating in the Luck of the Irish Blog O'Thon with a feature on two of old Hollywood's legendary Irish Americans, James Cagney and Pat O'Brien. Here's Cagney (front row, left) and O'Brien (front row, right) at the races with their fellow "Irish mafia" members Frank McHugh (back row, left)  and Spencer Tracy (back row, right). Based on their expressions, I would say O'Brien's horse finished in the money.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Dodge City World Premiere

Here's a fun clip from the spectacular premiere of Warner Brothers' all-star Western in the real-life Dodge City, KS. Hundreds of thousands of spectators came out to gawk at stars like Errol Flynn, Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan. My takeaways:
*Based on the crowds, the premiere was the most exciting thing that ever happened in Kansas.
*Errol Flynn can ride a horse.
*Check out Bogie, looking like Sam Spade of the Great Plains, complete with trench coat, fedora and pipe.
*Olivia de Havilland wasn't there because she was filming Gone With the Wind (1939).

The Essential Films of 1939: Dodge City


Errol Flynn, with Olivia de Havilland by his side, cleans up the wild West in Dodge City.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Anatomy of a Scene: Angels with Dirty Faces

The electric chair sequence in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) is one of the most famous scenes in old Hollywood films. Above, James Cagney (center left) walks the last mile with Pat O'Brien. We'll break down the scene -- and what makes it work -- below.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

The Essential Films of 1939: The Roaring Twenties

James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart in a publicity shot for The Roaring Twenties (1939)

James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart run a bootlegging empire in The Roaring Twenties.

James Cagney Coaches Youth Basketball

Here's a memorable clip from Angels with Dirty Faces featuring James Cagney coaching youth basketball, "according to the rules" (file this under things you could never get away with in 2015). The Dead End Kids provide the comic relief (Leo Gorcey's headband is priceless) and Pat O'Brien offers a few pious thoughts (sometimes I think O'Brien could watch Cagney rob his own grandmother's grave only to put on one of his saintly looks and opine, "You know I really think there's a lot of good in him").

Movie of the Month: Angels with Dirty Faces

Our March movie of the month is Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney. Here is Cagney with The Dead Ends Kids. They are, from left to right: Bernard Punsly; Bobby Jordan; Billy Halop; Leo Gorcey;  Huntz Hall and Gabriel Dell.