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.
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
James Cagney Is Red Hot In "White Heat"!
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Did You Know?
Although James Cagney
found this to be a good picture on a number of levels, in his 1985 autobiography Cagney called the film "another cheapjack job" because of its limited shooting schedule and the studio's decision to "put everybody in it they could get for six bits." Cagney was particularly irritated by the fact that he pressed them to cast his old friend Frank McHugh
in the small role of Tommy in order to bring a touch of humour and lightness to the otherwise heavy piece. According to the star, Warners repeatedly agreed to do it, putting Cagney off until the first day of shooting when he was told McHugh wasn't available. Cagney found out later McHugh had never even been asked. See more
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
What's this, a hold-up?
Naw, naw, you're seven minutes late. We're just changin' engineers.
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Spoofed in Hoodwinked!
Five O'Clock Whistle
Music by Josef Myrow
, Kim Gannon
& Gene Irwin
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