James CAGNEY
cagney* 17.07.1899, New York (City), USA † 30.03.1986, Stanfordville, New York, USA

Schauspieler * 1919 Auftritte im Variéte (als Tänzer und Frauen-Imitator) * ab 1920 spielt kleine Bühnenparts (im Chor) * 1925 erste Hauptrolle am Broadway (Outside Looking In) * 1927-28 (zusammen mit seiner Frau Frances Willard Vernon) leitet die Cagney School of Dancing * 1930-42 unter Vertrag bei Warner Bros. * 1931 steigt zum Star mit der Gangsterrolle in The Public Enemy auf * Mitbegründer und Präsident der Screen Actors Guild (1942-43) * 1943 (zusammen mit seinem Bruder) gründet die Produktionsfirma William Cagney Productions (Johnny Come Lately) * 1957 einzige Regiearbeit (Short Cut to Hell) * 1961 Rückzug aus dem Filmgeschäft * in 80er Jahren feiert ein kleines Comeback mit zwei Filmen (Ragtime & TV-Movie Terrible Joe Moran)

"He can do nothing which is not worth watching." Graham Greene
FILMS
# Sinner's Holiday (1930-USA; d: John G. Adolfi, B: Harvey Thew, K: Ira Morgan, D: Grant Withers, Evalyn Knapp, JC-Harry Delano) 60m-Krimiromanze (3010)
# The Doorway to Hell (1930-USA; d: Archie L. Mayo, B: George Rosener, K: Barney McGill, ML: Erno Rapee, D: Lew Ayres / JC-Steve Mileaway) 79m-Krimidrama (08; 3010)
# Other Men's Women (Die Frau meines Freundes, 1930-USA; R: William A. Wellman, B: Maude Fulton; William K. Wells, K: Barney McGill, ML: Erno Rapee, D: Grant Withers, Mary Astor / JC-Ed) 71m-Melodram (3101)
# The Millionaire (1931-USA; d: John G. Adolfi, B: Julien Josephson; Booth Tarkington, K: James Van Trees, D: George Arliss, Florence Arliss, David Manners, Evalyn Knapp, JC-Schofield) 82m-Tragikomödie (3105)
# The Public Enemy (Der öffentliche Feind, 1931-USA; R: William A. Wellman, B: Harvey Thew, K: Dev/ereaux Jennings, D: JC-Tom Powers, Jean Harlow, Edward Woods, Joan Blondell) 83m-Gangsterfilm (01-02; 3105)
# Smart Money (Leichtes Geld, 1931-USA; R: Alfred E. Green, B: Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, K: Robert Kurrle, D: Edward G. Robinson, JC-Jack, Evalyn Knapp) 67/81m-Gangsterdrama (3107)
# Blonde Crazy (1931-USA; d: Roy Del Ruth, B: Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, K: Sid/ney Hickox, D: JC-Bert Harris, Joan Blondell) 73/8m-Tragikomödie (06-07; 3111)
# Taxi! (1931-USA; d: Roy Del Ruth, B: Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, K: James Van Trees, D: JC-Matt Nolan, Loretta Young) 69m (09-?; 3201)
# The Crowd Roars (Der Schrei der Menge, 1932-USA; R: Howard Hawks, B: Kubec Glasmon, John Bright, Seton I. Miller, Niven Busch, K: Sid/ney Hickox, John Stumar, D: JC-Joe Greer, Joan Blondell) 85m-Actiondrama (3204)
# Winner Take All (1932-USA; d: Roy Del Ruth, B: Robert Lord, Wilson Mizner, K: Robert Kurrle, D: JC-Jim Kane, Marian Nixon) 60/8m-Drama (02-?; 3207)
# Hard to Handle (Ein charmanter Schwindler, 1932-USA * Mervyn LeRoy ... Lefty Merrill) (10-31Tage; 3301)
# Picture Snatcher (Der Mann mit der Kamera, 1932/33-USA; R: Lloyd Bacon, B: Allen Rivkin, P.J. Wolfson; Ben Markson, K: Sol Polito, D: JC-Danny Kean, Ralph Bellamy, Patricia Ellis) 77m-Krimikomödie (12-01; 3305)
# The Mayor of Hell (1933-USA; d: Archie Mayo, B: Edward Chodorov, K: Barney McGill, D: JC-Patsy Gargan, Madge Evans) 80/90m (36 Tage; 3306)
# Footlight Parade (Parade im Rampenlicht, 1933-USA; R: Lloyd Bacon, B: Manuel Seff, James Seymour, K: George Barnes, D: JC-Chester Kent, Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler, Dick Powell) 104m-Musikkomödie (3310)
# Lady Killer (Der Frauenheld, 1933-USA * Roy Del Ruth ... Dan) (3312)
# Jimmy the Gent (Ein feiner Herr, 1933/34-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: Bertram Millhauser, K: Ira Morgan, D: JC-Jimmy Corrigan, Bette Davis) 67m-Komödie (11-?; 3403)
# He Was Her Man (1934-USA; d: Lloyd Bacon, B: Tom Buckingham, Niven Busch, K: George Barnes, D: JC-Flicker Hayes, Joan Blondell) 70m-Liebesdrama (02-03; 3406)
# Here Comes the Navy (1934-USA; d: Lloyd Bacon, B: Earl Baldwin, Ben Markson, K: Arthur Edeson, D: JC-Chester O'Conner, Pat O'Brien) 86m-Liebeskomödie (?-05; 3407)
# The St. Louis Kid (Ein schwerer Junge, 1934-USA; R: Ray Enright, B: Warren Duff, Seton I. Miller, K: Sid/ney Hickox, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: JC-Eddie Kennedy, Patricia Ellis, Allen Jenkins) 67m-Actionkomödie (07-?; 3411)
# Devil Dogs of the Air (1934-USA; d: Lloyd Bacon, B: Malcolm Stuart Boylan, Earl Baldwin, K: Arthur Edeson, D: JC-Tommy O'Toole, Pat O'Brien, Margaret Lindsay) 86/90m-Drama (10-?; 3502)
# A Midsummer Night's Dream (Ein Sommernachtstraum, 1934/35-USA * Max Reinhardt, William Dieterle ... Zettel) (12-03; 3510)
# "G" Men (Der FBI-Agent, 1935-USA; R: William Keighley, B: Seton I. Miller, K: Sol Polito, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: JC-James [Brick] Davis, Margaret Lindsay, Ann Dvorak) 85m-Krimi [Roman von Darryl F. Zanuck] (02-04; 3505)
# The Irish in Us (1935-USA; d: Lloyd Bacon, B: Earl Baldwin, K: George Barnes, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: JC-Danny O'Hara, Pat O'Brien) 84m-Komödie (05-?; 3508)
# Frisco Kid (Frisco Kid, 1935-USA * Lloyd Bacon ... Bat Morgan) (08-?; 3511)
# Ceiling Zero (Höhe Null, 1935-USA; R: Howard Hawks, B: Frank Wead, K: Arthur Edeson, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: JC-Dizzy Davis, Pat O'Brien) 95m-Abenteuer (10-11; 3601)
# Great Guy (1936-USA; d: John G. Blystone, B: Henry McCarty, Henry Johnson; Harry Ruskin, K: Jack MacKenzie, ML: Marlin Skiles, D: JC-Johnny Cave, Mae Clarke) 75m (10-?; 3701)
# Something to Sing About (Musik in den Fäusten, 1937-USA; R: Victor Schertzinger, B: Austin Parker, K: John Stumar, ML: Constantin Bakaleinikoff, D: JC-Terrence Rooney, Evelyn Daw) 93m-Musical (06-07; 3709)
# Boy Meets Girl (Der kleine Star, 1938-USA; R: Lloyd Bacon, B: Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack, K: Sol Polito, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: JC-Robert Law, Pat O'Brien) 86m-Komödie (03-04; 3808)
# Angels with Dirty Faces (Chicago, 1938-USA; R: Michael Curtiz, B: John Wexley, Warren Duff, K: Sol Polito, M: Max Steiner, D: JC-"Rocky" Sullivan, Pat O'Brien) 95/7m-Gangstermelodram (06-08; 3811)
# The Oklahoma Kid (Oklahoma Kid, 1938-USA; R: Lloyd Bacon, B: Warren Duff, Robert Buckner, Edward E. Paramore, Jr, K: James Wong Howe, M: Max Steiner, D: JC-Jim Kincaid [Oklahoma Kid], Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane) 80m-Western (09-12; 3903)
# Each Dawn I Die (Todesangst bei jeder Dämmerung, 1939-USA * William Keighley ... Frank Ross) (Roman von Jerome Odlum) (3907)
# The Roaring Twenties (Die wilden Zwanziger, 1939-USA * Raoul Walsh ... Eddie Bartlett) (3910)
# The Fighting 69th (1939-USA; d: William Keighley, B: Norman Reilly Raine, Fred Niblo, Jr, Dean Franklin [=Dean Riesner], K: Tony Gaudio, ML: Leo F. Forbstein, D: JC-Jerry Plunkett, Pat O'Brien, George Brent) 90m-Kriegsfilm (09-10; 4001)
# Torrid Zone (Tropische Zone, 1940-USA; R: William Keighley, B: Richard Macaulay, Jerry Wald, K: James Wong Howe, M: Adolph Deutsch, D: JC-Nick Butler, Ann Sheridan, Pat O'Brien) 88m-Abenteuerkomödie (02-?; 4005)
# City for Conquest (Im Taumel der Weltstadt, 1940-USA * Anatole Litvak ... Danny Kenny) (Roman von Aben Kandel) (05-?; 4009)
# The Strawberry Blonde (Strawberry Blonde, 1940-USA * Raoul Walsh ... Biff Grimes) (4102)
# The Bride Came C.O.D. (Die Braut kam per Nachnahme, 1941-USA * William Keighley ... Steve Collins) (01-02; 4107)
# Captains of the Clouds (Helden der Lüfte, 1941-USA * Michael Curtiz ... Brian MacLean) (07-10; 4202)
# Yankee Doodle Dandy (Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1941/42-USA * Michael Curtiz ... George M. Cohan) > "I don't watch any of my movies except that one, Yankee Doodle Dandy. That was the best. It had everything. I'm still proud to be waving my flag."
# Johnny Come Lately (1943-USA; d: William K. Howard, B: John Van Druten, K: Theodor Sparkuhl, ML: Leigh Harline, D: JC-Tom Richards, Grace George, Marjorie Main) 97m-Tragikomödie (Roman von Louis Bromfield) (04-05; 4309)
# Blood on the Sun (Spionage in Fernost, 1944/45-USA; R: Frank Lloyd, B: Lester Cole; Nathaniel Curtis, K: Theodor Sparkuhl, M: Miklos Rozsa, D: JC-Nick Condon, Sylvia Sidney) 94/8m-Spionagedrama (10-?; 4506)
# 13 rue Madeleine (1946-USA; d: Henry Hathaway, B: John Monks, Jr, Sy Bartlett, K: Norbert Brodine, M: David Buttolph, D: JC-Robert [Bob] Sharkey, Annabella, Richard Conte, Frank Latimore) 95m-Kriegsthriller (05-08; 4701)
# The Time of Your Life (1947-USA; d: H.C. Potter, B: Nathaniel Curtis, K: James Wong Howe, M: Carmen Dragon, D: JC-Joe, William Bendix, Wayne Morris, Jeanne Cagney) 109m-Tragikomödie (05-08/+04; 4809)
# White Heat (Sprung in den Tod, 1949-USA; R: Raoul Walsh, B: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, K: Sidney Hickox, M: Max Steiner, D: JC-Cody Jarrett, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien) 90/114m-Gangsterkrimi (05-06; 4909)
# Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (Den Morgen wirst du nicht erleben, 1950-USA; R: Gordon Douglas, B: Harry Brown, K: J. Peverell Marley, M: Carmen Dragon, D: JC-Ralph Cotter, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter, Ward Bond) 102m-Gangsterfilm (Roman von Horace McCoy) (04-05; 5008)
# The West Point Story (1950-USA; d: Roy Del Ruth, B: John Monks, Jr, Charles Hoffman, Irving Wallace, K: Sidney Hickox, ML: Ray Heindorf, D: JC-Elwin [Bix] Bixby, Virginia Mayo, Doris Day, Gordon MacRae, Gene Nelson) 107m-Musikkomödie (06-08; 5011)
# Come Fill the Cup (1951-USA; d: Gordon Douglas, B: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, K: Robert Burks, M: Ray Heindorf, D: JC-Lew Marsh, Phyllis Thaxter) 113m-Drama (Roman von Harlan Ware) (05-07; 5110)
# Starlift (1951-USA * Roy Del Ruth ... cameo als er selbst) (05-07; 5112)
# What Price Glory? (1951/52-USA; d: John Ford, B: Phoebe Ephron, Henry Ephron, K: Joe/Joseph MacDonald, M: Alfred Newman, D: JC-Captain Flagg, Corinne Calvet, Dan Dailey) 111m-Kriegsdrama (12-02; 5208)
# A Lion Is in the Streets (1952-USA; d: Raoul Walsh, B: Luther Davis, K: Harry Stradling, M: Franz Waxman, D: JC-Hank Martin, Barbara Hale, Anne Francis) 88m-Drama (Roman von Andria Locke Langley) (11-12; 5309)
# Run for Cover (Im Schatten des Galgens, 1954-USA; R: Nicholas Ray, B: Winston Miller, K: Daniel L. Fapp, M: Howard Jackson, D: JC-Matt Dow, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek) 93m-Western (05-?; 5504)
# The Seven Little Foys (Komödiantenkinder, 1954-USA; R: Melville Shavelson, B: Melville Shavelson, Jack Rose, K: John F. Warren, M: Joseph J. Lilley, D: Bob Hope, Milly Vitale / JC-George M. Cohan) 95m-Biografie (08-09; 5506)
# Mister Roberts (Keine Zeit für Heldentum, 1954-USA; R: John Ford, Mervyn LeRoy, B: Frank S. Nugent, Joshua Logan, K: Winton C. Hoch, M: Franz Waxman, D: Henry Fonda, JC-Captain Morton, William Powell, Jack Lemmon) 123m-Tragikomödie (Bühnenstück von Thomas Heggen & Joshua Logan, 1948 > Roman von Thomas Heggen, 1946) (08-11; 5507)
# Love Me or Leave Me (Tyrannische Liebe, 1954/55-USA * Charles Vidor ... Martin Snyder) (12-02; 5506)
# Tribute to a Bad Man (Mein Wille ist Gesetz, 1955-USA * Robert Wise ... Jeremy Rodock) (5604)
# These Wilder Years (Das Herz eines Millionärs, 1956-USA; R: Roy Rowland, B: Frank Fenton, K: George J. Folsey, M: Jeff Alexander, D: JC-Steve Bradford, Barbara Stanwyck) 91m-Melodram (03-04; 5608)
# Man of a Thousand Faces (Der Mann mit den 1.000 Gesichtern, 1956-USA; R: Joseph Pevney, B: R. Wright Campbell, Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, K: Russell Metty, M: Frank Skinner, D: JC-Lon Chaney, Sr, Dorothy Malone, Jane Greer) 122m-Biografie (11-12; 5708)
# Never Steal Anything Small (1957/58-USA; d+B: Charles Lederer, K: Harold Lipstein, MS: Joseph Gershenson, D: JC-Jake MacIllaney, Shirley Jones) 94m-Musiktragikomödie (10-01; 5902)
# Shake Hands with the Devil (Ein Händedruck des Teufels, 1958-IRL/USA; R: Michael Anderson, B: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts; Marian Thompson [=Marian Spitzer], K: Erwin Hillier, M: William Alwyn, D: JC-Sean Lenihan, Don Murray, Dana Wynter, Glynis Johns) 110m-Drama (Roman von Rearden Conner) (09-11; 5905)
# The Gallant Hours (Der Admiral, 1959-USA; R: Robert Montgomery, B: Beirne Lay, Jr, Frank D. Gilroy, K: Joseph MacDonald, M: Roger Wagner, D: JC-William F. "Bull" Halsey, Jr, Dennis Weaver) 115m-Biografie (04-06; 6005)
# One, Two, Three (Eins, zwei, drei, 1961-USA * Billy Wilder ... C.R. MacNamara) (6112)
# Ragtime (Ragtime, 1980-USA * Miloš Forman ... Commissioner Rhinelander Waldo) (Roman von E.L. Doctorow) (08-20 Wochen; 8111)
AWARDS
> New York Film Critics Circle Award (bester Darsteller) für Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
> New York Film Critics Circle Award (bester Darsteller) für Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
> Academy Award / Oscar (bester Hauptdarsteller) für Yankee Doodle Dandy (1943)
> Life Achievement Award [American Film Institute 1974]
> Career Achievement Award [National Board of Review 1981]
BOOKS
> James Cagney: Cagney by Cagney. New York: Pocket Books, 1976 [Memoiren]
> Homer Dickens: The Complete Films of James Cagney. New York: Citadel Press, 1989
> John McCabe: Cagney. New York: Knopf, 1997
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