White Heat (1949)

My first Jimmy Cagney gangster flick (and on the big screen no less) and it’s a good one.

Made in 1949, White Heat is a surprisingly violent and cold blooded film, at times even shocking for its cruelty. It’s an exciting thriller about a smart and ruthless criminal pitted against the cops who want to nail him for murder and armed robbery, and rival gang members who seek to double cross him. No-one can be trusted, everybody is scheming and using their wits to stay in the game and stay alive. A psychopath who casually kills anyone who gets in the way, the only person Cagney trusts is his mother!

This is a thrilling ride that doesn’t let up til the very end.