Monday, January 10, 2011
Cody Jarrett (Cagney) is a criminal who goes by his own twisted rules. After landing in prison, the police use Vic Pardo (Edmond O'Brien) as a means to find out the location of the money Jarrett and his gang stole from a train.
In The Public Enemy, Cagney is someone who's intimidating; in White Heat, he's someone who is downright sinister. His freak out in prison honestly freaked me out (as well as most of the extras in that scene). Much like what I said for The Public Enemy, White Heat is a fitting introduction to early gangster movies.
My Rating: *****