White Heat

White Heat

James Cagney
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: James Cagney
James Cagney
, Virginia Mayo
Virginia Mayo
, Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
Raoul Walsh


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In later years, James Cagney regarded White Heat with a combination of pride and regret; while satisfied with his own performance, he tended to dismiss the picture as a "cheap melodrama." Seen today, White Heat stands as one of the classic crime films of the 1940s, containing perhaps Cagney's best bad-guy portrayal. The star plays criminal mastermind Cody Jarrett, a mother-dominated psychotic who dreams of being on "top of the world." Inadvertently leaving clues behind after a railroad heist, Jarrett becomes the target of the feds, who send an undercover agent (played by Edmond O'Brien) to infiltrate the Jarrett gang. While Jarrett sits in prison on a deliberately trumped-up charge (he confesses to one crime to provide himself an alibi for the railroad robbery), he befriends O'Brien, who poses as a hero-worshipping hood who's always wanted to work with Jarrett. Busting out of prison with O'Brien, Jarrett regroups his gang to mastermind a "Trojan horse" armored-car robbery.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/21/2013
UPC: 0883929280308
Original Release: 1949
Rating: NR
Source: Turner Classic Movie
Time: 1:53:00
Sales rank: 7,476

Special Features

Commentary by film historian Dr. Drew Casper; Leonard Maltin hosts Warner Night at the Movies 1949 with newsreel, comedy short So You Think You're Not Guilty, cartoon Hopeless Hare and theatrical trailers; Featurette White Heat: Top of the World

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Cagney Arthur Cody Jarrett
Virginia Mayo Verna Jarrett
Edmond O'Brien Hank Fallon/Vic Pardo
Steve Cochran Big Ed Sommers
Margaret Wycherly Ma Jarrett
John Archer Phillip Evans
Wally Cassell Giovanni Cotton Valetti
Mickey Knox Het Kohler
Ian MacDonald Bo Creel
Fred Clark Daniel Winston, the Trader
G. Pat Collins The Reader
Paul Guilfoyle Roy Parker
Fred Coby Happy Taylor
Ford Rainey Zuckie Hommell
Robert Osterloh Tommy Ryley
Hank Fallon Edmund O'Brien
Robert Foulk Guard at Plant
Carl Harbaugh Foreman
Harry Lauter Radio Patrolman, Car A
Nolan Leary Gas Station Owner
Jack Worth Actor
Arthur Miles Guard
Ray Montgomery Ernie Trent
Jim Toney Brakeman
Murray Leonard Engineer
Marshall Bradford Police Chief
George Taylor Police Surgeon
Milton Parsons Willie Rolf, the Stoolie
John M. Pickard Government Agent
Joel Allen Operative
Claudia Barrett Cashier
Lee Phelps Tower Guard
Buddy Gorman Popcorn Vendor
Garrett Craig Ted Clark
George Spaulding Judge
Sherry Hall Clerk
Ray Bennett Guard
Harry Strang Guard
Sid Melton Russell Hughes
Art Foster Guard
Jim Thorpe Guard
Fern Eggen Margaret Baxter
Eddie Foster Nat Lefeld
Perry Ivins Simpson, the Prison Doctor
Larry McGrath Clocker
Grandon Rhodes Psychiatrist
John McGuire Psychiatrist
Joey Ray Agent
Bob Carson Agent
John Butler Man
Leo Cleary Fireman
Eddie Phillips Government Agent

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Edward Carrere Art Director
Murray Cutter Editor
Roy Davidson Special Effects
Louis Edelman Producer
Ivan Goff Screenwriter
Sidney Hickox Cinematographer
Virginia Kellogg Screenwriter
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Fred MacLean Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Owen Marks Editor
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Ben Roberts Screenwriter
Russell Saunders Asst. Director
Max Steiner Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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