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Alex Film Society Presents WHITE HEAT (1949) WARNER BROS. – STARRING JAMES CAGNEY
Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$16
The intense character study of criminal insanity in Raoul Walsh’s WHITE HEAT (1949) is most likely the greatest Cagney performance that has endured the test of time in Warner’s gangster genre. Cagney plays the psychotic and sadistic Arthur ‘Cody’ Jarrett, a ruthless gang leader with a penchant for deriving pleasure from inflicting pain on others and plagued by torturous headaches and a mother fixation (Margaret Wycherly) with Freud written all over it. Meanwhile Cody’s wife, Verna (Virginia Mayo) ‘bats her eyes’ at every man she meets while enduring the brutality and neglect of her unstable husband. The plot thickens when a henchman plots an ‘accident’ for Cody that is foiled when an undercover cop, Vic Pardo (Edmund O’Brien) infiltrates the gang. The finale will justly go down as one of the greatest in all crime films, as Cody shouts triumphantly, ‘Made it, ma! Top of the world!’ against the backdrop of a burning chemical plant.
Author Tom Johnson (he interviewed Cagney and Mayo)
Make-Up artist Michael Westmore (his uncle Perc Westmore was the make-up artist for White Heat)
Age Suitability: 18+
Walk-Up Purchase Price: $16
Phone / Internet Purchase Price: $16.50
Online: CLICK HERE to purchase
In person: VISIT one of our Box office locations including the Alex Theatre, the Concierge Desk at The Americana at Brand and the Mainstage Theatre/Auditorium Building on the campus of Glendale Community Cokkege.
Over the Phone: CALL the Alex Theatre Box Office at 818-243-2539 ext. 0