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James Cagney

James Cagney


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Also Known As: Died: March 30, 1986
Born: July 17, 1899 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: Cast ...


Director (feature film)

Short Cut to Hell (1957) as Director
A professional hitman is hired by a friend to commit two murders. His friend pays him off in what turns out to be stolen money, and the police soon trace the money to him. On the run, he kidnaps the girlfriend of the police detective in charge of his pursuit and threatens to kill her unless the hunt is called off.

Cast (feature film)

Entertaining the Troops (1989) as Himself
A salute to the Hollywood celebrities who entertained American combat troops at home and abroad during World War II.
Going Hollywood: The War Years (1988) as Himself (Archival Footage)
Compilation documentary on the film industry's world and efforts during World War II.
Terrible Joe Moran (1984) as Joe Moran
James Cagney made his TV-movie debut, and did his first television acting in 25 years, playing a wheelchair-bound former boxing champion whose long-estranged granddaughter, an aspiring writer, pops back into his life, at first searching for money to help her ne'er-do-well boyfriend get off the hook
Ragtime (1981) as Commander Rheinlander Waldo
A proud black musician rebels against racism in turn-of-the-century New York.
It's Showtime (1976) as Himself
Film clips trace the careers of the screen''''s most popular animal actors.
Arizona Bushwhackers (1968) as Narrator
Howard Keel, Yvonne De Carlo, John Ireland, Marilyn Maxwell, Scott Brady, Brian Donlevy, Barton MacLane, James Craig, & Roy Rogers, Jr. as Roy. A Confederate prisoner of war takes advantage of an opportunity to enlist in the Union army and patrol the Western territories. Narrated by James Cagney.
One, Two, Three (1961) as C. R. MacNamara
A Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin tries to keep the boss's daughter from marrying a Communist.
The Gallant Hours (1960) as Fleet Admiral William F. ["Bull"] Halsey, Jr., USN
Admiral William F. Halsey fights to turn the tide against the Japanese during World War II.
Shake Hands with the Devil (1959) as Sean Lenihan
An Irish rebel leader becomes addicted to violence.
Never Steal Anything Small (1959) as Jake MacIllaney
Jake MacIllaney will do just about anything to win the presidential election of longshoreman union Local 26. When he encounters young upright attorney Dan Cabot and Cabot's attractive wife, Linda, MacIllaney breaks up their marriage, pursues Linda, and pins a grand larceny rap on Dan. And all set to music!
Man of a Thousand Faces (1957) as Lon Chaney
Chameleon-like actor Lon Chaney becomes a star while coping with his first wife's insanity.
Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) as Jeremy Rodock
A brutal rancher has to soften his ways to win the woman he loves.
These Wilder Years (1956) as Steve Bradford
A wealthy businessman sets out to find his long-lost illegitimate son.
Run for Cover (1955) as Matt Dow
An ex-convict trying to go straight gets caught up in a train robbery.
Love Me or Leave Me (1955) as Martin Snyder
True story of torch singer Ruth Etting's struggle to escape the gangster who made her a star.
The Seven Little Foys (1955) as George M. Cohan
The famed vaudevillian puts his children in the act to keep the family together when his wife dies.
Mister Roberts (1955) as The Captain
A naval officer longing for active duty clashes with his vainglorious captain.
A Lion Is in the Streets (1953) as Hank Martin
A peddler from the bayou becomes a major force in local politics.
What Price Glory (1952) as Capt. Flagg
A marine captain and his top sergeant are assigned to take their company from a small village to the brutal reality of war in the trenches.
Starlift (1951) as Himself
An actress and an air transport crewman fall in love in this star-studded salute to the Korean war.
Come Fill the Cup (1951) as Lew Marsh
Alcoholic newspaperman Lew Marsh hits bottom, loses his job and is rehabilitated by Charley Dolan. After six years on the wagon he gets his job back and devotes himself to other recovering alcoholics. His boss enlists his help to sober up his nephew, Boyd Copeland, who has married Lew's old sweetheart. Boyd, who is involved with a cabaret singer and the mob, presents quite a challenge.
The West Point Story (1950) as Elwin "Bix" Bixby
A Broadway producer tries to put on a show at the legendary military academy.
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950) as Ralph Cotter
From the trial of the survivors, we flash back to amoral crook Ralph Cotter's violent prison break, assisted by Holiday Carleton, sister of another prisoner...who doesn't make it. Soon Ralph manipulates the grieving Holiday into his arms, and two crooked cops follow her into his pocket. Ralph's total lack of scruple brings him great success in a series of robberies. But his easy conquest of gullible heiress Margaret Dobson proves more dangerous to him than any crime...
White Heat (1949) as Cody Jarrett
A government agent infiltrates a gang run by a mother-fixated psychotic.
The Time of Your Life (1948) as Joe...whose hobby is people
A philosophical drunk encourages his friends to live their dreams to the hilt.
13 Rue Madeleine (1947) as Robert Sharkey
Tragedy occurs when a spy chief finds out one of his agents-in-training is actually a Nazi double agent.
Blood on the Sun (1945) as Nick Condon
An American reporter in Tokyo fights to report honestly on Japan''''s growing militarism before World War II.
Johnny Come Lately (1943) as Tom Richards
Captains of the Clouds (1942) as Brian MacLean
A mail flyer joins the Canadian air force for fun but has to prove his worth when he goes to war.
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) as George M. Cohan
A musical portrait of composer/singer/dancer George M. Cohan. From his early days as a child-star in his family's vaudeville show up to the time of his comeback at which he received a medal from the president for his special contributions to the US, this is the life- story of George M. Cohan, who produced, directed, wrote and starred in his own musical shows for which he composed his famous songs.
The Strawberry Blonde (1941) as Biff Grimes
A man''''s infatuation with a gold-digging beauty continues after his marriage.
The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941) as Steve Collins
A pilot and a temperamental heiress are stranded in the desert together.
City for Conquest (1940) as Danny Kenny
A truck driver risks his eyesight when he boxes to pay for his brother''''s education.
The Fighting 69th (1940) as Jerry Plunkett
A braggart soldier learns the true meaning of heroism when he joins World War I's all-Irish unit.
Torrid Zone (1940) as Nick Butler
A Central American plantation manager and his boss battle over a traveling showgirl.
Each Dawn I Die (1939) as Frank Ross
A crusading reporter becomes a hardened convict when he's framed.
The Roaring Twenties (1939) as Eddie Bartlett
Three WWI Army buddies get mixed up with the mob in peacetime.
The Oklahoma Kid (1939) as Jim Kincaid, the Oklahoma Kid
A cowboy sets out to avenge his father''''s lynching.
Boy Meets Girl (1938) as Robert Law
Two wacky Hollywood writers drive their boss crazy while trying to help a pregnant waitress.
Angels with Dirty Faces (1938) as Rocky Sullivan
Childhood friends on opposite sides of the law fight over the future of a street gang.
Something to Sing About (1937) as Terry Rooney
A New York bandleader takes Hollywood by storm.
Great Guy (1937) as Johnny Cave
It's the New York Department of Weights and Measures vs. a systematic effort to cheat the public by giving them less product than they pay for...organized by crooked city alderman Marty Cavanaugh, who put the last chief deputy inspector in the hospital. The new man, pugnacious Johnny Cave, steps on the toes of influential merchants and gets increasing pressure, both political and strong-arm, to desist. Will the luck (if not the pluck) of the Irish pull him through?
Ceiling Zero (1936) as Dizzy Davis
War veteran pilots Dizzy Davis, Texas Clark and Jake Lee are working in an airline. Dizzy is fooling with one of the younger pilot's girl-friend and due to this, he changes flights with Texas. Texas' plane crashes attempting to land on their airfield under extremly bad weather circumstances, he is killed in this accident. Dizzy feels guilty for his friend's death and takes the next flight under even worse circumstances, testing a new anti-ice device on the plane.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935) as Bottom, the weaver
Shakespeare's classic about two pairs of lovers and an amateur actor who get mixed up with fairies.
'G' Men (1935) as [James] "Brick" Davis
A mob protege joins the FBI when a friend is gunned down.
The Irish in Us (1935) as Danny O'Hara
The sons of an Irish family have to choose among police work, prize fighting and love.
The Frisco Kid (1935) as Bat Morgan
A shanghaied sailor turns himself into the king of San Francisco's rough-and-tumble Barbary Coast.
Devil Dogs of the Air (1935) as [Thomas Jefferson] Tommy O'Toole
Two Marine pilots vie for romance and glory.
The St. Louis Kid (1934) as Eddie Kennedy
A hotheaded truck driver gets mixed up in a labor dispute.
Jimmy the Gent (1934) as Jimmy Corrigan
An unscrupulous detective makes a killing locating missing heirs.
Here Comes the Navy (1934) as Chesty [O'Conner]
A cocky naval cadet clashes with an old friend serving with him.
He Was Her Man (1934) as Flicker [Hayes, later known as Jerry Allen]
A safecracker goes straight to get back at some fellow crooks.
Footlight Parade (1933) as Chester Kent
A producer fights labor problems, financiers and his greedy ex-wife to put on a show.
Hard to Handle (1933) as [Myron C.] Lefty Merrill
A hustling public relations man promotes a series of fads.
The Mayor of Hell (1933) as Patsy [Gargan]
A racketeer goes straight to run a reform school.
Picture Snatcher (1933) as Danny Kean
An ex-con brings his crooked ways to a job as a news photographer.
Lady Killer (1933) as Dan [Quigley]
A criminal on the run becomes a Hollywood movie star.
Winner Take All (1932) as Jim Kane
A prize fighter tries to help an invalid and her baby.
The Crowd Roars (1932) as Joe Greer
A race-car driver tries to keep his brother from following in his footsteps.
Taxi! (1932) as Matt Nolan
A feisty independent cab driver fights off a crooked syndicate.
The Millionaire (1931) as Schofield
A bored millionaire retires from big business to open a garage.
Other Men's Women (1931) as Ed
A railroad engineer falls for a co-worker's wife.
Smart Money (1931) as Jack
A barber''''s good luck turns him into a big-time gambling boss.
Blonde Crazy (1931) as Bert Harris
A con-man bellhop and his chambermaid girlfriend set out to fleece hotel guests.
The Public Enemy (1931) as Tom Powers
An Irish-American street punk tries to make it big in the world of organized crime.
The Doorway to Hell (1930) as [Steve] Mileaway
Despite his efforts to go straight, a young gangster keeps falling back into crime.
Sinner's Holiday (1930) as Harry
A jealous young man frames his sister''''s boyfriend.

Cast (special)

Tom Snyder's Celebrity Spotlight (1980)
A proposed but unsold series of celebrity interviews.
American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney, The (1974)
A tribute to the famous screen actor, featuring many of Cagney's friends and colleagues who offer personal and professional recollections of his long and distinguished career. The special also includes clips from some of his most famous films. Cagney receives the American Film Institute's second Lif
The Men Who Made the Movies: Raoul Walsh (1973)
Film clips and an exclusive interview capture the career of the director who helped shape the Western and gangster film.

Cast (short)

You, John Jones! (1943)
An air raid warden realizes how fortunate he is to live safely with his family while others around the world suffer from the war in this short film aimed at boosting U.S morale.
Hollywood Hobbies (1939)
In this short film, two young girls take a tour of Hollywood to see the private lives of celebrities.
Things You Never See on the Screen (1935)
This short film presents a series of bloopers from various Warner Bros. productions.
A Trip Thru a Hollywood Studio (1935)
This short film takes the viewer on a tour of the Warner Brothers studios lot. Vitaphone Release 6616.
Practice Shots (1931)
In this short film, champion Bobby Jones joins several actors on the golf course to show his approach to the sport. Vitaphone Release 4802.
Intimate Interviews: James Cagney (1931)
In this short film, James Cagney discusses his career and roles he would like to play in the future.

Misc. Crew (short)

James Cagney (1962)
This short film, part of the Hollywood Hist-o-Rama series, offers a brief biography of James Cagney.
Okay for Sound (1946)
This short film celebrates the 20th Anniversary of Warner's Vitaphone sound-on-film process. Vitaphone Release 1492A.
The Voice That Thrilled the World (1943)
This short film traces the history of sound in the movies, featuring snippets from early sound pictures. Vitaphone Release 1179A.
Calling All Girls (1942)
This short film presents the process that studios use to select girls to be members of the chorus line in movie musicals. Vitaphone Releases 655A, 658A.
Breakdowns of 1941 (1941)
This short film presents a blooper reel containing clips of various movies from 1941.

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