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White Heat -- Oscar-winner James Cagney explodes on the screen as a demented gangster whose intricate plan to rob an oil refinery is thwarted by a government infiltrator. Co-starring Oscar-winner Edmond O'Brien and Virginia Mayo.

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Director:
Writers:
Ivan Goff (screen play) and
Ben Roberts (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
3 September 1949 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
James Cagney Is Red Hot In "White Heat"! See more »
Plot:
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Cagney ... Cody Jarrett

Virginia Mayo ... Verna Jarrett

Edmond O'Brien ... Hank Fallon / Vic Pardo
Margaret Wycherly ... Ma Jarrett

Steve Cochran ... Big Ed Somers
John Archer ... Philip Evans
Wally Cassell ... Cotton Valletti

Fred Clark ... Trader Winston
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Allen ... Operative (uncredited)
Claudia Barrett ... Cashier (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... Guard (uncredited)
Marshall Bradford ... Chief of Police (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Convict (uncredited)
John Butler ... Motorist at Gas Station (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Agent at Directional Map (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Car-Hop at Drive-In Theatre (uncredited)
Bill Clark ... Guard (uncredited)
Leo Cleary ... Railroad Fireman (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Happy Taylor (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Court Officer (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... The Reader (uncredited)
Bing Conley ... Convict (uncredited)
Garrett Craig ... Ted Clark (uncredited)
Herschel Daugherty ... Policeman (uncredited)
Fern Eggen ... Margaret Baxter (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Plant Detective (uncredited)
Art Foster ... Guard (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Lefeld (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Oil Refinery Payroll Guard (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ... Convict (uncredited)
Buddy Gorman ... Vendor at Drive-in (uncredited)
Paul Guilfoyle ... Roy Parker (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Foreman (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ... Convict (uncredited)
Clarence Hennecke ... Small Role (uncredited)
Perry Ivins ... Dr. Simpson (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Mickey Knox ... Het Kohler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Convict (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Convict (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Man with Microphone in Back Seat of Car (uncredited)
DeForrest Lawrence ... Jim Donovan (uncredited)
Nolan Leary ... Russ (uncredited)
Murray Leonard ... Engineer (uncredited)

Ian MacDonald ... Bo Creel (uncredited)
Larry McGrath ... Clocker (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Psychiatrist #2 (uncredited)

Sid Melton ... Russell Hughes (uncredited)
Art Miles ... Guard (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Ernie (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Russ Hughes (uncredited)
Terry O'Sullivan ... Radio Announcer (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Tommy Ryley (uncredited)
Milton Parsons ... Willie Rolf (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Policeman (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Convict (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Prison Tower Guard (uncredited)
Eddie Phillips ... T-Man (uncredited)

John Pickard ... T-Man Driving Car C (uncredited)
Ford Rainey ... Zuckie Hommell (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... T-Man (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Dr. Harris - Psychiatrist #1 (uncredited)
John Roy ... Convict (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Plant Detective (uncredited)
Allen D. Sewall ... Old Man (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Convict (uncredited)
George Spaulding ... Judge (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Prison Infirmary Guard (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Police Surgeon at Tahoe Morgue (uncredited)
Jim Thorpe ... Big Convict (uncredited)
Jim Toney ... Brakeman (uncredited)
Sid Troy ... Convict (uncredited)
Ralph Volkie ... Jerry - The Reader's Lawyer (uncredited)
Jack Worth ... Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
Ivan Goff (screen play) and
Ben Roberts (screen play)

Virginia Kellogg (suggested by a story by)

Produced by
Louis F. Edelman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (director of photography) (as Sid Hickox)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Edward Carrere 
 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean 
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
Edwin Allen .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Saunders .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Leslie G. Hewitt .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects director
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Stunts
Audrey Scott .... stunt double: Virginia Mayo (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Bjerring .... still photographer (uncredited)
Paul Burnett .... gaffer (uncredited)
Mike Joyce .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dudie Maschmeyer .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leah Rhodes .... wardrobe
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Irva Mae Ross .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew verified as complete


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Runtime:
114 min | West Germany:90 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-15 (2004) | Finland:(Banned) (1950) | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1962) | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) (1949) | UK:15 | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #13852) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
If the surprise expressed by James Cagney's fellow inmates during "the telephone game" scene in the prison dining room appears real, it's because it is. Director Raoul Walsh didn't tell the rest of the cast what was about to happen, so Cagney's outburst caught them by surprise. In fact, Walsh himself didn't know what Cagney had planned; the scene as written wasn't working, and Cagney had an idea. He told Walsh to put the two biggest extras playing cons in the mess-hall next to him on the bench (he used their shoulders to boost himself onto the table) and to keep the cameras rolling no matter what.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: In the opening railroad heist, there is a shot of a man jumping down from a tunnel portal onto the train. When he lands the mats used to break his fall can be clearly seen.See more »
Quotes:
Jerry:And this time I'm going right to the top to get you out. Herbert, are you listening?
Michael 'Reader' Curtin:Sure, Jerry, sure.
Jerry:But if that fails, you'll just have to serve the rest of your term.
Michael 'Reader' Curtin:Jerry, you couldn't get me out of here if I was pardoned.
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Soundtrack:
Five O'Clock WhistleSee more »

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63 out of 103 people found the following review useful.
Intelligent Thriller, 12 August 2002
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

Warner Brothers decided to kill off their cycle of gangster films with WHITE HEAT. A pity perhaps but what a film to end their success on . Cagney will always be remembered for playing gangsters and Cody Jarret is his most memorable performance , but Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts script is nearly as memorable as Cagney due to its high level of intelligence . I especially liked the way the gang tried to test Fallon by leaving the photograph of his wife on the table in the prison cell , little touches like that make WHITE HEAT a classic . If it was made nowadays we`d get bad language , graphic sex, bloodbaths and post modernist references to pop culture . Well you can keep all that Quentin Tarantino rubbish , this is how a good film should be made . Top of the world

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