A little rarity for Cagney fans!

Just came across this amazing rarity on Youtube – a screen test for Laurette Luez for A Lion is in the Streets, playing opposite James Cagney as his character’s much younger mistress. In the film, the part went to Anne Francis, who is good – at 23, she was a couple of years younger than Luez and looked younger still, so maybe the studio wanted to emphasise the age gap between her and Cagney, who was 53, although he looks much younger here in black and white. (The film’s Technicolor is less forgiving.) But I think Luez is very good in this clip, anyway. Cagney really goes for it, too, although he is largely standing with his back to the camera. I’ve seen all of Cagney’s films except for a few TV productions, so it was a thrill suddenly to spot this piece of footage.

11 thoughts on “A little rarity for Cagney fans!

  1. Thanks for highlighting this rare footage. I’m afraid I found Cagney’s performance in this disappointing. He needed a director who would tell him when to tone it down.


    • Vienna, glad you were interested in the footage even if you’re not a fan of this one. I think Cagney made a great team with Raoul Walsh, I must say, especially in ‘White Heat’ and ‘The Strawberry Blonde’, but I like this film too, and have been meaning to revisit it. I’ll confess I never want Cagney to tone it down :)


    • Vienna…………cagney did not waste time ….todays actors are sleeping up there…too much method…he had an urgency that would wake you up…no bull …just honest relating going on….jim


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