White Heat (1949)

We’re pretty doggone PG this time.

We’re gandering at our first Jimmy Cagney picture in almost 6 years…and what a hard left turn from his patriotic musical Yankee Doodle Dandy. The Next 148 Project digs into the vicious 70-year-old crime flick where Cagney is unhinged and might even be over-acting, but in the right way. A great way. The supporting cast is solid too (including Virginia Mayo and Edmond O’Brien), but this flick belongs to the copper-hater. It’s a police procedural mixed with low-down antics from the criminals and that mix works extremely well, all the way to its famous finish. Dubious bonus: this episode might have set a new record for the Ellis usage of the word “gangster”.

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Rotten Tomatoes reviews

AFI’s Top 100 Lists

National Film Registry in 2003

1949 in film

1949 Oscar winners and nominees

Links to: The Public Enemy and The Wild Bunch and The Godfather and Batman and Donnie Brasco and The Departed

YouTube links: Cody elects to go to jail and Cody finds out about Ma’s fate and Cody returns to Verna and “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”

Previously on the Next 147 Project: Dogma

May 6th on the Next 149 Project: Splash