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Directed by Raoul Walsh • United States • 1949
Starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O’Brien
James Cagney delivers a tour-de-force performance as a murderously psychotic criminal mastermind with an overpowering mother complex in a relentless crime thriller directed by Raoul Walsh. While in prison, Cody Jarrett (Cagney) befriends an undercover cop (Edmund O’Brien) posing as a young thug. Released from prison, Jarrett plots a seemingly perfect heist, unaware that his partners plan to kill him and his right-hand man is working for the police. Cornered, Jarrett chooses to go out in an explosive act of self-immolation rather than surrender in this classic of the gangster genre.