ONE, TWO, THREE
1961, Park Circus/MGM, 108 min, USA, Dir: Billy Wilder

Director Billy Wilder has a field day with the mega-global-corporate ad world as James Cagney, the conservative head of Coca-Cola's West Berlin branch, goes ballistic when he finds out visiting boss's daughter Pamela Tiffin has gotten hitched to Commie activist Horst Buchholz.


FOOTLIGHT PARADE
1933, Warner Bros., 104 min, USA, Dir: Lloyd Bacon

When the Depression forces a director (James Cagney) off the stage, he tries the screen, creating musical “prologues” to be staged in movie theaters before films; to land a big contract, he must mount three massive production numbers in a single night. Cagney is magnetic in a performance arguably superior to his Oscar-winning YANKEE DOODLE DANDY turn, and Joan Blondell, Ruby Keeler and Dick Powell are equally entertaining in supporting roles. This fast-paced pre-Code dazzler was named to the National Film Registry, thanks at least in part to Busby Berkeley’s spectacular dance sequences.


THE STRAWBERRY BLONDE
1941, Warner Bros., 97 min, USA, Dir: Raoul Walsh

"Well, your mother's a bloomer girl, you're a nicotine fiend, are there any more at home like you?" "I have an aunt who's an actress." A perfect showcase for the comedic chops of James Cagney and Olivia de Havilland, this delightfully witty romantic comedy from director Raoul Walsh follows Biff Grimes (Cagney), a good-hearted student dentist who always seems to finish last. Biff finds himself completely conned by his best friend Hugo Barnstad (Jack Carson), who steals away the infatuation of his life, known as "The Strawberry Blonde" (Rita Hayworth), and leaves Biff broken-hearted to pick up the pieces of Hugo's shady business dealings. As Biff's frustration mounts, he picks more and more fights with The Strawberry Blonde's opinionated suffragette best friend Amy (de Havilland), and soon realizes that their relationship is taking on slightly different dimensions than he'd bargained for. Walsh’s personal favorite of his sound pictures. Oscar nominated for Best Score.


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