AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (1974)
"The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney" (original title)

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Actor James Cagney receives the Second Annual AFI Lifetime Achievment Award as co-workers pay tribute and clips from his films are shown.

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Retired superstar actor James Cagney receives the second annual American Film Institute Lifetime Achievment Award in 1974 ceremony hosted by Frank Sinatra. Although the actor had not appeared in a film in 14 years, he appears hale and hardy as he listens to tributes from the likes of co-stars Doris Day, Jack Lemmon, Bob Hope, and Ronald Reagaan and representing the AFI, Charlton Heston, Cicely Tyson, and George Stevens Jr. Clips from his many films including "White Heat," "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and "The Public Enemy" are warmly received, and the actor recognizes the minor players like Frank McHugh, Mae Clarke, Allen Jenkins, etc., who helped contribute to his success. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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18 March 1974 (USA)  »

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When recognizing Mae Clarke from podium, Cagney recalls that originally the script had called for an omelet, not a grapefruit, in the face. See more »

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Himself - Host: [Aping Cagney] Ma's dead... you dirty rat!
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Lyrics by Paul Anka(1969)
Based on French song "Comme d'Habitude" composed by Claude François and Jacques Revaux (1967)
Played by orchestra during Sinatra entrance and parody version later sung by Frank Sinatra.
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Where Was Virginia Mayo?
5 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would have given this a ten if Virginia Mayo had been there that night. Miss Mayo was a very significant part of James Cagney's career. She starred in two films opposite Mr. Cagney: "White Heat" and "The West Point Story." The good news, however, is that Doris Day was present, but it would have been incredible if she had sung "live" instead of opting for that film clip from "Love Me or Leave Me" ("You Made Me Love You").

Cagney was in heaven here. It was so interesting to watch him watch himself on the screen. I purchased this tape directly from the American Film Institute, which has a website on the Net.


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