This is an analysis of Cagney's screen characters and career. It recounts how he began his Hollywood career, and claims that he was the movies' symbol of the aspirations of America's urban second generation. Himself the child of immigrants, Cagney represented the spirit they believed could lift them out of the ghetto to power and prosperity. The drama of his first films, mostly comedies, revolved around the energetic assertion of his sprightly self in a world that was far from sprightly - Depression America. After filming ...

James Cagney: A Celebration 1999, Pavilion Books, London

ISBN-13: 9781862050235

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James Cagney: A Celebration 1985, HarperCollins Distribution Services

ISBN-13: 9780907516507