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James Cagney Triple Feature
James Cagney Triple Feature
Genres: Drama
NR     2002     4hr 18min


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Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Drama
Studio: Madacy Records
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 12/10/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 4hr 18min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Public domain quality of three non-WB Cagney films
calvinnme | 05/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The three movies in this set are:

1. Great Guy (1936) This is the first of two films Cagney made at Grand National Pictures. It is one of Cagney's post-code tough guy films in which he is on the right side of the law for a change. Here he works at the Bureau of Weights and Measures and is trying to stop the corruption of grocers charging too much for their wares by claiming food weighs more than it does. Don't laugh, this is one of Cagney's better law and order type films. There is also the involvement of a larger criminal conspiracy, and Cagney is having problems with his love interest in the film, as usual.
2.. Something to Sing About (1937) This is more of a comedy than a musical. It was made by Cagney at Grand National Pictures during one of his frequent tiffs with Warner Brothers. The movie failed and bankrupted the company. There's plenty to like here, but this really isn't a musical. Cagney dances only at the beginning and the end.
3. Blood on the Sun (1945) After Cagney won his Academy Award for Best Actor, he broke free of Warner Bros. and began focusing on what he considered to be art. Cagney's own production company made this wartime thriller, and it is one of his better efforts among his 1940's independent works. Cagney plays an American newspaper reporter living in Japan who crosses wires with the expansionist Japanese government. Cagney's character is fluent in both Japanese and Chinese, and even knows judo. It's refreshing to see a film from the immediate post-war era that doesn't try to simplify the problem of what happened in Japan and Germany with something like - If only these people would start playing baseball, learn to love hot dogs, and be more like Americans, this sort of thing would never have happened.

I've had hit and miss quality from Madacy, but the video and audio quality on these three films are OK if you understand you are getting public domain quality copies."