A just whaddyaexpected rerun of the life of the kinetic little/wise guy from sidewalks of New York childhood to vaudeville...

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A just whaddyaexpected rerun of the life of the kinetic little/wise guy from sidewalks of New York childhood to vaudeville hooferdom to Hollywood -- film by film with reviews (even Tynan liked him). Cagney as you will remember made the ""gat and gag"" epics although he really hoped to perform in Shakespeare; led a most quiet home life; broke with Warner's to briefly produce his own pictures with sister Jeanne; won that one Oscar (Yankee Doodle Dandy); eclipsed gradually into bad to worse roles; and since -- he's now 72 -- is happy back on the land ""hipped out on conservation"" -- painting and reading poetry. Homage yes -- nothing very personal -- mostly what you'd pick up from some morgue rather than livelier personal contact -- and a complete filmography. The audience, wherever it is, will consist of old moviegoers rather than newer cineasts.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1972

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Regnery

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1972