star pals Movie legend James Cagney
, left, wrote Mary a letter about her trip to Scotland
The star-studded cast, which includes James Cagney
as Bottom, Olivia de Havilland as Hermia and the 13-year-old Mickey Rooney as Puck, will reprise their roles one year later in Reinhardt's film version of the production, one of the first screen adaptations of Shakespeare.
I once watched a televised interview of actor James Cagney
. When asked his secret to acting Cagney replied, "Look the camera straight in the eye and tell the truth." That statement somehow stuck with me all these years.
What a movie Hollywood could have made of their lives with (a young) Ronald Reagan as Matty and James Cagney
(at any age) as Muggsy!
Winnipeg expatriate Chester Kent (Mark McKinney) moved to the United States to become a Broadway producer; but like his inspiration in Ace in the Hole (not to mention his namesake, the James Cagney
character in Footlight Parade) he finds himself out of money and out of luck.
Narrator King does her usual narrative romp with voices ranging from Marilyn Monroe to James Cagney
as she depicts the many weird characters in the story.
The Founding Fathers edged out athletes (top-ranked professional golfer Tiger Woods, home-run king Mark McGuire, Olympian Bruce Jenner), astronauts (John Glenn, Neil Armstrong), and actors (Tom Cruise, Will Smith, James Cagney
, John Wayne).
Boris Karloff, the Marx Brothers, Eddie Cantor, James Cagney
, Lucille Ball, and Frederic March were only a few of the Screen Actors Guild enthusiasts from among the stars.
The girlfriend gets a pouty look and says, "Maybe you've found someone you like better." So gangster James Cagney
, in reply, picks up half a grapefruit from the breakfast table and shoves it in her face.
Popular perceptions of inmates shaped by vivid movie and television images of playful Bonnies and Clydes, mafia dons like Marlon Brando who refuse to deal drugs, and psychopaths like James Cagney
in the 1930s gangster films are ancient history.
"Laurel and Hardy because they were brilliantly funny geniuses and James Cagney
because as an actor he was perfection.
We fill the room with our own romantic notions of incarceration--good guys and bad, James Cagney
's "top of the world" farewell, top/bottom sex against a stone wall in Todd Haynes' Poison (derived, like Querelle, in part from Genet), all burned into our collective memory.