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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 »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
They don't make 'em like this anymore See more (158 total) »

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)
Anthony Redondo ... Convict (uncredited)
Grandon Rhodes ... Dr. Harris - Psychiatrist #1 (uncredited)
John Rice ... Guard (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
Country:
Language:
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) | France:16 | Iceland:12 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:15 (re-rating) (1962) | Sweden:(Banned) (original rating) (1949) | UK:15 | USA:Approved (PCA #13852) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The unusually close relationship between Cody Jarrett and his domineering mother was inspired by real life bank robbers Kate Barker (aka "Ma Barker") and her sons.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the shot looking toward the ceiling of the prison machine shop, showing the piece of equipment Parker plans to drop on Jarrett supposedly dangling directly over Jarrett's head, it is clear that the object is in fact well to the right of Jarrett (from his perspective), undoubtedly a precaution by the filmmakers so that it would not accidentally fall and hit actor James Cagney (Jarrett).See more »
Quotes:
[the sound of shooting is heard]
Zuckie Hommell:Sounds bad, Cody.
Cody Jarrett:Why don't you give 'em my address too...
See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Five O'Clock WhistleSee more »

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99 out of 132 people found the following review useful.
They don't make 'em like this anymore, 12 September 1998
Author: BrianV from Calfiornia, USA

The old saying, "They don't make 'em like they used to" fits this film to a T. Every other crazed-killer-goes-on-a-rampage movie ever made pales next to it. This is the best performance of Cagney's career (although, astoundingly enough, he didn't think much of the picture or his work in it, dismissing it as "just another gangster flicker"). Only Cagney could take a character like Cody Jarrett, a snarling, murderous monster with a mother fixation--someone you KNOW is going to get his at the end--and still almost make you wish he gets away. The film is one taut nerve from beginning to end. There's not a wasted moment in it; it starts out at full blast with the daring robbery of a mail train barreling through a mountain pass and doesn't let up. Performances are universally top-notch, from the stars on down to the extras. Far and away the finest film of director Raoul Walsh's long and distinguished career, this movie can take its place as not only the best gangster film ever made, but as one of the best films ever made, period.

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