GREAT GUY: Ex-prizefighter Johnny Cave (James Cagney) exposes corrupt officials and racketeers while working for the Department of Weights and Measures. Eventually the boisterous Cave has to face a corrupt alderman who put the last Inspector in the hospital.
SOMETHING TO SING ABOUT: Cagney is at his best as a Manhattan bandleader in this musical melodrama about Hollywood studio life. Academy Award Nominations: Best Score.
BLOOD ON THE SUN: BLOOD ON THE SUN stars James Cagney as Nick Condon, an American newspaper editor working in Japan between World War I and World War II. While investigating the double murder of a fellow reporter and his wife, Condon discovers the insidious Tanaka Plan, which plainly states the Japanese aims of world domination. If he is to warn the world about the Japanese plot, he must stay alive and out of the hands of the secret police with the help of Iris (Sylvia Sidney), a beautiful Chinese-American spy. From his tender scenes with Iris to his action-packed jujitsu fights with the Japanese secret service, Cagney's performance is a masterpiece. Theodore Sparkul’s high-contrast film noir lighting is among the best of the 1940s, as is the quick-paced editing in this critically acclaimed thriller from veteran director and two-time Oscar winner Frank Lloyd (CAVALCADE, MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY).