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James Cagney: Top of the World

The Turner Pictures original documentary James Cagney: Top of the World (1992), hosted by actor Michael J. Fox, gives a fascinating glimpse into the life and career of screen legend James Cagney.

From his explosive tough guy image in the gangster pictures that made him famous to his notorious battles with Jack Warner and his Oscar®-winning triumph in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), James Cagney continually impressed audiences with his tremendous talent and versatility. James Cagney: Top of the World explores Cagney's distinguished 63-film career beginning with his working class roots and early days in vaudeville through his star-making performance as Tommy Powers in The Public Enemy (1931). The documentary also examines James Cagney, the man. A bigger-than-life presence on the silver screen, Cagney was a private and unassuming man when he wasn't acting. Bucking the Hollywood norm, he remained married to the same woman for 64 years and lived quietly out of the spotlight on his beloved farm on Martha's Vineyard.

Produced and directed by Carl H. Lindahl, James Cagney: Top of the World also features interviews with Cagney's daughter Casey Cagney Thomas, Jack Lemmon, Mae Clarke and screenwriter Julius Epstein.

Director: Carl Lindahl
Screenplay: Bob Waldman and Carl Lindahl
Cinematography: Harry Dawson
Music: Richard Reiter
Film Editing: Karl Woitach
Cast: Host (Michael J. Fox), James Cagney, Casey Cagney Thomas, Mae Clarke, Julius Epstein, David Huddelston, Burt Kennedy, Jack Lemmon, Joan Leslie, Virginia Mayo.
BW&C-47m. Closed captioning.

by Andrea Passafiume

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