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White heat
Edelman, Louis F.
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Warner Home Video, [2013]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (113 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
In his last role as a heartless gangster, James Cagney embarks on the prison break of a lifetime in this chilling tale that features one of the most riveting finales in movie history.
General Note:
Title from container.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1949.

Special features: Commentary by film historian Dr. Drew Casper; Leonard Maltin hoists Warner Night at the Movies 1949 with newsreel, comedy short "So you think you're not guily; cartoon "Homeless hare" and theatrical trailers; featurette White Heat: Top of the World.
Reading Level:
Not rated CHV rating: PG.
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BLURAY 2871 Adult Blu-ray Disc Audio Visual

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In later years, James Cagney regarded White Heat with a combination of pride and regret; while satisfied with his own performance, he tended to dismiss the picture as a "cheap melodrama." Seen today, White Heat stands as one of the classic crime films of the 1940s, containing perhaps Cagney's best bad-guy portrayal. The star plays criminal mastermind Cody Jarrett, a mother-dominated psychotic who dreams of being on "top of the world." Inadvertently leaving clues behind after a railroad heist, Jarrett becomes the target of the feds, who send an undercover agent (played by Edmond O'Brien) to infiltrate the Jarrett gang. While Jarrett sits in prison on a deliberately trumped-up charge (he confesses to one crime to provide himself an alibi for the railroad robbery), he befriends O'Brien, who poses as a hero-worshipping hood who's always wanted to work with Jarrett. Busting out of prison with O'Brien, Jarrett regroups his gang to mastermind a "Trojan horse" armored-car robbery. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi