Cody Jarrett is the sadistic leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. Afflicted by terrible headaches and fiercely devoted to his 'Ma,' Cody is a volatile, violent, and eccentric leader. Cody's top henchman wants to lead the gang and attempts to have an 'accident' happen to Cody, while he is running the gang from in jail. But Cody is saved by an undercover cop, who thereby befriends him and infiltrates the gang. Finally, the stage is set for Cody's ultimate betrayal and downfall, during a big heist at a chemical plant. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
James Cagney Is Red Hot In "White Heat"!
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Did You Know?
took credit for having the idea for the scene in which Cody sits in his mother's lap. He said he told Raoul Walsh
, "Let's see if we can get away with this," and Walsh agreed. But in his 1974 autobiography "Each Man in His Time" (which film writer Leonard Maltin
has called "highly entertaining fiction with an occasional nod at the truth"), Walsh took credit for the idea and said the scene worked because Cagney and Margaret Wycherly
made it so convincing. See more
In the opening scene the crooks are riding in a late-1940s Cadillac limo. Cadillacs of that vintage had standard rear fender skirts. As the car approaches us we see its left side and the left fender skirt is in place. Then the car goes around a bend and we see the right side. There is no fender skirt on the right rear fender. But a few seconds later the car arrives at the railroad track and stops right on the track. We're looking at the right side of the car and the fender skirt is in place as it should be. The two scenes may have been shot on two different days. Very trivial, of course, except for old car buffs. See more
You're just lonesome. Lonesome, like me.
Hank Fallon alias Vic Pardo
You? What about...
You mean Verna?
[shakes his head no
All I ever had was Ma.
Referenced in Close-Up
Five O'Clock Whistle
Music by Josef Myrow
, Kim Gannon
& Gene Irwin
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