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"oh, just a grease ball"
on February 11, 2013
Can't really be objective when it comes to Cagney. He is my favorite actor.
Seems to be conflicting ideas on why this movie was made.
Some stating it is in response by Warner Bros. to the Hay's code, and others say that Cagney wanted to change his image from being a gangster.
I agree with the second one. He specifically left Warner Boros later for that very purpose.
Cagney in later years, when he gained more control over his career and left Warner Bros., included making "the time of our life" (that he bought the rights to produce) and his dancing movies where he proved he really preferred he did not like playing the bad guy gangster.
Even when he is playing a bad guy his underpinning character of a good guy always seems to peek through.
He does a great job of it in this movie, as usual, and I found myself really rooting for him as he plays the hero good guy.
Acting just doesn't get better, and they just don't make movies even remotely as good as this anymore.
Proves all the language, blood, and special effects of our day is just a poor excuse for bad writing and bad acting.