[ US /ˈkæɡni/ ]
  1. United States film actor known for his portrayals of tough characters (1899-1986)
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  • Angels with Dirty Faces" is a Cagney gangster pic.
  • Bob 'Oskins's performance puts him up there with such movie gangster greats as Cagney and De Niro. This week's new DVD & Blu-ray
  • I remember many years ago, sitting with my mother and brother, in front of a roaring coal fire, gawping at a black and white tube, mesmerised by the likes of Cagney, Bogart, & Hepburn.
  • James Cagney was a screen toughie, but the poor guy had to dance and sing for the Academy members to take note of him.
  • There's a genuine satirical richness to these portrayals; they do go beyond simple impressions of the old school -- you know, Jimmy Cagney saying "you're the guy who shot my sister" and Cary Grant burbling "Judy Judy Judy" and so on. Tom Shales reviews tonight's retrospecial,'The Women of "Saturday Night Live"'
  • They are pop cultural simulacra, mere shadows of Cagney's tragic anti-hero and Marlon Brando's brooding Don.
  • Cagney and Sylvia Sidney also worked well together, reflecting Cagney's respect for Sidney as an actor and also his enjoyment of her adeptness at witty repartee.
  • It's a scenario that plunges you back into the time of scratchy movies where the cons wore pyjama suits with black arrows on them and Cagney was king; back to the days of the early crime shows like The Naked City and Dragnet.
  • But how can that happen to somebody who once co-starred with the likes of Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney and Gene Autry?
  • Day has an incredibly luminous screen presence, and in every scene they share, she matches Cagney's swagger with a mean strut of her own.
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