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Old School Movie Montage

Posted in Black and White, Car Chases, Movies, Old School with tags , , , , , , on June 28, 2011 by mobflix

June is Old School movie month and I found a great montage by jackbenny1924 on youtube. They put together a great montage of all the great old school movie actors including:
Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Muni, George Raft, and George E Stone.

The music is from Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo, Batman soundtracks, etc). This montage features the best of the best of old school and sums it up in one great video. Enjoy.

Old School Movie Month with James Cagney in The Public Enemy

Posted in Black and White, Movies, Old School with tags , , on June 2, 2009 by mobflix

James Cagney was the Joe Pesci of the Black & White Gangster Movie era. Many people assume he was type cast as a Gangster actor except that he also danced and sand in movies such as Yankee Doodle Dandy. Cagney oozed talent, testosterone and tough guy attitude.

The Public Enemy released in 1931 is about a Chicago hoodlum, Tom Powers, played by Cagney, who rises to the top while his brother urges him to pursue a different lifestyle. An accidental killing leads to a climactic off-camera shootout with a rival gang that has Cagney stumbling to the gutter.

Some very cutting edge scenes of the day are in this movie that caused controversy.

In the scene below Cagney shows what happens when a women nags her gangster boyfriend.

Another great scene shows how Cagney manipulates a pawn shop owner resulting in a stick up. It is a brilliant scene that leads to the off-screen shoot out. In those days it took talented acting to portray implied off-screen actions. You never see the gun battle, you can only imagine. But you see the results.