Cagney

Cagney Cagney came from a poor Irish American New York family but once he found his metier as an actor it was not long before he was recognized as a brilliantly energetic and powerful phenomenon After the t

  • Title: Cagney
  • Author: John McCabe
  • ISBN: 9780786705801
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cagney came from a poor Irish American New York family but once he found his metier as an actor, it was not long before he was recognized as a brilliantly energetic and powerful phenomenon After the tremendous impact of Public Enemy in which he notoriously pushed half a grapefruit into Mae Clarke s face he was typecast as a gangster because of the terrifying violenceCagney came from a poor Irish American New York family but once he found his metier as an actor, it was not long before he was recognized as a brilliantly energetic and powerful phenomenon After the tremendous impact of Public Enemy in which he notoriously pushed half a grapefruit into Mae Clarke s face he was typecast as a gangster because of the terrifying violence that seemed to be pent up within him Years of pitched battle with Warner Brothers finally liberated him from those roles, and he went on to star in such triumphs as the musicals Yankee Doodle Dandy winning the 1942 Oscar for best actor and Love Me or Leave Me Even so, one of his greatest later roles involved a return to crime as the psychopathic killer in the terrifying White Heat He retired from films in 1961 after making Billy Wilder s One, Two, Three, only to return twenty years later for Ragtime But however much Cagney personified violence and explosive energy on the screen, in life he was a quiet, introspective, and deeply private man, a poet, painter, and environmentalist, whose marriage to his early vaudeville partner was famously loyal and happy His story is one of the few Hollywood biographies that reflect a fulfilled life as well as a spectacular career.

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  • This review appeared in the Washington Post in 1998:“CAUTION: Contents under pressure'' would have been a good label for James Cagney, though he needed cautionary labeling about as much as dynamite wired to an alarm clock. A reviewer of his very first film noted his ''fretful tenseness,'' and when that tension was released, Will Rogers once observed, Cagney was ''like a bunch of firecrackers going off all at once.'' For almost three decades his energy and volatility were unequaled by almost an [...]


  • Didn't quite finish this. After he stops making movies it really becomes dull. It's mostly about Cagney's performance life after he reaches adulthood. Good background on his upbringing, but after that, is more about what he was in, how he felt about. Cagney seems like a good guy in many ways, but not big on sharing on how he's feeling, other that to evoke a good work ethic. It felt a bit repetitive after a bit.


  • This book was just a listing of awards or films. The author got into Cagney's background and what motivated him to success. Who he worked with and why. Why he made certain movies and based on others. Why George M Cohan was such a big inspiration. I researched an wrote a bio on Cohan on my blog--mixtapeshistoryremix I was surprised by profanity, street life of 1910s. There were hookers, pimps, gangs, all things that you never heard about back then. Cagney stayed loyal in marriage, even his movies [...]


  • "This is a definitive bio of one of my faves. McCabe does a good job of both illuminating Cagney’s onscreen performances and explaining all the complexities of his personality (if only he didn’t rely so much on long, long quotes). Cagney was a street kid who aspired to be a song and dance man like Fred Astaire, a faithful and loving husband who sequestered his two children in their own separate living quarters, and a famous actor who found his deepest fulfillment in farming. A very interesti [...]


  • I call Cagney the "normal" actor- no drinking, drugs, adulteries plagued his life. It was refreshing to read about his life, but a little dull at times. It certainly is biographical, however, much of the book is filled up with intricate details of his movies, the characters, costars who were in those movies, and the pages devoted to its reviews. One chapter towards the end is completely devoted to the subject of acting. An enjoyable read nonetheless. Other Hollywood stars would of fared much bet [...]


  • This was a very interesting look at an actor who was much more than the roles he played. A previous biography of Bogart made the comment that Cagney and Robinson made lives outside their roles. This book shows the inner Cagney and is a good book to read


  • First rate book about a "Top of the World" kind of guy. Told all of the intimate little snippets of his life that you would want to read about. Well done!


  • I am he and we are he and we are all together. Goodness. Cagney had it. He gave it away, and always had more to give, even 'til his last wink.


  • A fascinating read, much better than McCabe's ghosted autobiography of Cagney but I'd still have liked more about the movies!


  • Fantastic. Recommended for anyone who loves good biographies, Jim Cagney movies (and, indeed, to love movies is to love Cagney), and Hollywood's Golden Age.


  • A great lifeWe should all try to be more like Jim The world would be better place for us all. Live long and prosper




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