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White Heat (1949) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Louis F. Edelman.

White Heat was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2003.

Academy Awards 1949 --- Ceremony Number 22 (source: AMPAS)

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White Heat (1949)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 5, 2017 From 4 Star Films

White Heat burns like hot coals even today. It’s a gangster picture from master Warner Bros. craftsman Raoul Walsh that’s volatile and intriguing, highlighted by the always fiery James Cagney as a crazed man-child with a mom complex. Cagney had stayed away from gangster pictures that mad... Read full article


White Heat (1949)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Sep 5, 2017 From 4 Star Films

White Heat burns like hot coals even today. It’s a gangster picture from master Warner Bros. craftsman Raoul Walsh that’s volatile and intriguing, highlighted by the always fiery James Cagney as a crazed man-child with a mom complex. Cagney had stayed away from gangster pictures that mad... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: White Heat

By Amanda Garrett on Aug 26, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

White Heat (1949) is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. It stars Margaret Wycherly (middle) and James Cagney as a devoted mother and son who also happen to ruthless gangsters. Virginia Mayo (left) plays Cagney's unhappy wife. Due to an unexpected illness, I didn't write about The Man... Read full article


Film Noir of the Week: White Heat

By Amanda Garrett on Jul 2, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

There's plenty of fireworks in this week's film noir. White Heat (1949), featuring James Cagney (above) as trigger-happy gangster Cody Jarrett, will air at 6 p.m. July 3 as part of TCM's film noir festival, Summer of Darkness. I'll outline the noir elements in this classic gangster movie below. ... Read full article


White Heat (1949) – Film-Noir

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 18, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring James Cagney, Edmund O’Brien, and Virginia Mayo, once again Cagney does the gangster role. However, his Cody Jarret is older and more psychotic than ever as he leads his band of thugs. Although he has a beautiful wife, the main woman in Jarret’s life is his mom who watches over ... Read full article


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Cody Jarrett: You know something, Verna, if I turn my back long enough for Big Ed to put a hole in it, there'd be a hole in it.


Verna Jarrett: It's always "somebody tipped them." Never "the cops are smart."


[the sound of shooting is heard]
Zuckie Hommell: Sounds bad, Cody.
Cody Jarrett: Why don't you give 'em my address too...


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Ranked #4 on the American Film Institute's list of the 10 greatest films in the genre "Gangster" in June 2008.
All the locations and bearings radioed back and forth during the triangulation tracking of the gasoline truck, as it moves southwest across the Los Angeles basin, are accurate. They can all be found on a modern map of Los Angeles. Even the view of the Los Angeles City Hall shows up at the appropriate time.
If the surprise expressed by James Cagney's fellow inmates during "the telephone game" scene in the prison dining room appears real, it's because it is. Director Raoul Walsh didn't tell the rest of the cast what was about to happen, so Cagney's outburst caught them by surprise. In fact, Walsh himself didn't know what Cagney had planned; the scene as written wasn't working, and Cagney had an idea. He told Walsh to put the two biggest extras playing cons in the mess-hall next to him on the bench (he used their shoulders to boost himself onto the table) and to keep the cameras rolling no matter what.
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