Classic Movie Legend Tribute: James Cagney

Happy Birthday to Classic Movie Legend, James Cagney, born July 17 in 1899!

Triple threat: Singer. Dancer. Actor. Once a staple in the Hollywood lexicon of classic stars — the ability to sing, dance, and act is sadly no longer pivotal for Blockbuster stars of today. Our birthday boy, James Cagney was the very definition of a triple threat. Although most notably remembered as a Warner Brothers’ gangster, Cagney’s ability to belt a tune or tap his feet was on par with the Astaires and the Kellys of the classic movie world. So, I say we celebrate the day of Cagney’s birth by highlighting his often forgotten talents and, of course, his most memorable one!


Humphrey Bogart, the roaring twenties, classic movie actor, Raoul WalshJames Cagney as he’s most remember, a gangster with Humphrey Bogart in The Roaring Twenties (1939, Raoul Walsh director)


James Cagney playing the role of dancer in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942, Michael Curtiz director)


James Cagney playing the role of singer in Footlight Parade (1933, Lloyd Bacon director)


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3 Responses to Classic Movie Legend Tribute: James Cagney

  1. Nanci says:

    I fell in love with Jimmy at the age of 16 and love him still. He will always be at the top of my Favorite Actors list. There is just and never will be anyone like him.

  2. These are very interesting and classic comments of show people active when I was
    growing up in the 1930’s and 40’s. Very very interesting to me.

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