Crazy times as we all know, so let’s have some levity with this fun series created by Wandering Through The Shelves. This week the theme is bad boys and there can be so many variations to this theme but I went with 3 iconic bad boys who were not all bad in the 3 films I chose. So let’s get on with the show...
1. ANGELS WITH DIRTY FACES-1938
This stars James Cagney as Rocky, a hoodlum who grew up in a rough part of the city(just like Cagney did in New York City-Hell’s Kitchen)and was best friends with Jerry. After stealing, Jerry is safe but Rocky gets caught and is sent to reform school. He ends up on the wrong side of the tracks while his friend ends up a priest..of course. Rocky winds up with a jerk named James, played by Humphrey Bogart, and they steal but Rocky takes the rap after being convinced by Mr. Jerk that he will get his part of the loot. 3 years later, he’s out and goes to meet up with his money but also meets up with his old friend, Mr. Priest and meets the young kids that idolize him. James Cagney really creates a well rounded character because he is not an evil bad boy but actually a redeemable person and likeable. A very good film worth seeing.
2. HIGH SIERRA-1941
This is the first film to bring Humphrey Bogart to the public as more than just a crooked jerk ready to be killed by Cagney or Robinson. Bogie still plays a crook but one with more depth who has genuine feelings. This film is very loosely based on John Dillinger...loosely, with Bogie on the run from the cops. He meets one girl who brings out the soft side and another who captures his heart. He’s a bad boy but you can’t help but like him and wish he could get away and start new. The dog in this film is actually Bogie’s own dog. Another fun bad boy film.
3. LARCENY, INC-1942
I have not seen this film since I was a kid and really need to re-watch this because I remember loving it. This stars Edward G. Robinson who gets out of jail determined to go straight but keeps getting a bum steer so he finally decides to bump off the bank that refused him a loan(don’t we all have daydreams) with the help of a couple of pals. They buy a luggage store next door with the intent of digging through to the bank. What they don’t count on is being successful with this store and enjoying it. They all decide to just go straight but they don’t count on the a-hole in prison who blackmails them to carry out the bank heist. This is a good film that I need to see to find out if I still love it as much as I remember. Edward G. Robinson, known for tough guy roles, was actually very meek, a lover of art and one who would close his eyes when he first had to shoot a gun.
Which 3 would you choose