White Heat (1949)

White Heat (1949), directed by Raoul Walsh.

"Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"

Cody Jarrett (James Cagney) is tough. His gang is tough. Even his mother is tough. The cops are pretty serious, too. They say Cody is crazy, but I think he just has headaches and a quirky sense of humor.

It's an exciting, good looking classic, but the high body count and casual killing make it seem more comic book than realistic.

I'm always watching for Edmond O'Brien; here he is the undercover policeman who seems to spend most of his life in prison.

This is one of the films reused in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (1982).

Max Steiner score.