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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Cagney (1974)

The American Film Institute Salute to James Cagney (original title)
Actor James Cagney receives the Second Annual AFI Lifetime Achievement Award as co-workers pay tribute and clips from his films are shown.

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Bill Foster
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Credited cast:
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 (as Governor Reagan)
George C. Scott ... Himself
George Segal ... Himself
Cicely Tyson ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Bancroft ... John Armstrong (archive footage)
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The AFI Salute to James Cagney See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Although longtime Cagney friend and co-star Pat O'Brien did not attend, his wife did. See more »

Quotes

Frank Sinatra - Host: [aping Cagney] Ma's dead... you dirty rat!
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Connections

References The Oklahoma Kid (1939) See more »

Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle Dandy
(uncredited)
Written by George M. Cohan (1904)
Played as theme music for the honoree and heard in clips from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
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Where Was Virginia Mayo?
5 February 2006 | by nnepreviloSee 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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