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18 March 1974 (USA) See more »
Actor James Cagney receives the Second Annual AFI Lifetime Achievment Award as co-workers pay tribute and clips from his films are shown. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 win See more »
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Where Was Virginia Mayo? See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)

James Cagney ... Himself / honoree

Frank Sinatra ... Himself - Host

Mae Clarke ... Herself

Doris Day ... Herself

Kirk Douglas ... Himself

Frank Gorshin ... Himself

Charlton Heston ... Himself

Bob Hope ... Himself

Jack Lemmon ... Himself

Shirley MacLaine ... Herself

Ronald Reagan ... Himself (also archive footage) (as Governor Reagan)

George C. Scott ... Himself

George Segal ... Himself

Cicely Tyson ... Herself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

George Bancroft ... John Armstrong (archive footage)

Jane Bryan ... Actress 'Each Dawn I Die' (archive footage)

Donald Cook ... Actor 'Public Enemy' (archive footage)

Bette Davis ... Actress 'Bride Came C.O.D.' (archive footage)

Olivia de Havilland ... Amy Lind (archive footage)
Rosemary DeCamp ... Actress 'Yankee Doodle Dady' (archive footage)

Gladys George ... Actress 'The Roaring Twenties' (archive sound)

Walter Huston ... Jerry Cohan (archive footage)
Beryl Mercer ... Actress 'Public Enemy' (archive footage)

Cameron Mitchell ... Actor 'Love Me or Leave Me' (archive footage)

Edmond O'Brien ... Actor 'White Heat' (archive footage)

Pat O'Brien ... Actor 'Angels with Dirty Faces' (archive footage)

Barbara Payton ... Actress 'Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye' (archive sound)
George Reed ... Actor 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' (archive footage)
Jim Thorpe ... Actor 'White Heat' (archive footage)
Margaret Wycherly ... Actress 'White Heat' (archive footage)

Ralph Bellamy ... Himself (table bow) (uncredited)

Joan Blondell ... Herself (table bow) (uncredited)
Tom Bradley ... Himself (uncredited)
Frances Cagney ... Herself (table bow) (uncredited)

Clint Eastwood ... Himself (uncredited)

Mick Jagger ... Himself (uncredited)

Allen Jenkins ... Himself (table bow) (uncredited)

Danny Kaye ... Himself (uncredited)

Gene Kelly ... Himself (uncredited)

John Lennon ... Himself (uncredited)

A.C. Lyles ... Himself (table bow) (uncredited)

Ali MacGraw ... Herself (uncredited)

Frank McHugh ... Himself (table boe) (uncredited)

Steve McQueen ... Himself (uncredited)

Paul Newman ... Himself (uncredited)

Carroll O'Connor ... Himself (uncredited)
May Pang ... Herself (uncredited)

George Raft ... Himself (table bow) (uncredited)

Nancy Reagan ... Herself (uncredited)

George Stevens Jr. ... Himself - speaker (uncredited)

John Wayne ... Himself (uncredited)

Joanne Woodward ... Herself (uncredited)

Directed by
Bill Foster 
Produced by
Rita Burton .... producer
Paul Keyes .... producer
George Stevens Jr. .... producer
Film Editing by
Allan Holzman 
Makeup Department
Jim Gillespie .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Lally .... associate director
Sound Department
Marshall King .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Roger Sandler .... still photographer
Other crew
Tony Csiki .... stage manager (as Anthony Chickey)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney" - USA (original title)
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USA:75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Although longtime Cagney friend and co-star Pat O'Brien did not attend, his wife did.See more »
Himself - Host:[Aping Cagney] Ma's dead... you dirty rat!See more »
Movie Connections:
Features Love Me or Leave Me (1955)See more »
The Band Played OnSee more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Where Was Virginia Mayo?, 5 February 2006
Author: nneprevilo from United States

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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