We continue our Michael Curtiz kick with Angels with Dirty Faces, a James Cagney gangster film with surprising subtleties. We consider Cagney’s stardom and how he remains unique, the film’s themes of hero worship and glorification of crime, and the interesting relationship between Cagney’s gangster and Pat O’Brien’s priest.
A film that’s very much of its time but remains an interesting and entertaining watch.
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With José Arroyo of First Impressions and Michael Glass of Writing About Film.