Another Cagney Bad Man Makes Good
|Harsh Treatment Meted By Jim --- To a Movie Critic!|
Lady Killer Lauds Precode Survival Of The Fittest
Every now and then, Hollywood would devise a "get even" scene involving some group that writers couldn't abide: in the case of Lady Killer, it was snide critics who panned movies just to hear themselves be clever (a blight still with us). Jim Cagney's address to the problem is his usual straightforward, making the offender scribe eat a bad notice on threat of a men's room beating, with shove into a toilet for the capper (which we hear flush after him). It's a precode squaring of accounts and a Lady Killer highlight. Caveman Cagneys that followed Public Enemy were a schizoid lot. He skirted law in them all, was an outright crook in but few. Lady Killer falls to latter category, Jim deep in a burgling mob that does murder during commission of one crime ... so how to cleanse our soiled hero from that? Lady Killer being precode makes it easy. Just ignore the inconvenience and figure on viewer forgiveness of likeable pug Cagney.
Lady Killer is priceless for opener reel where Cagney serves on usher staff at Warners' legendary Strand Theatre in