White Heat


A psychopathic criminal (Cagney) with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and then leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. After the heist, events take a crazy turn.

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  1. Ben Roberts


  2. Virginia Kellogg


  3. Ivan Goff


  4. Raoul Walsh


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  1. James Cagney

    James Cagney

    Arthur 'Cody' Jarrett

  2. Virginia Mayo

    Virginia Mayo

    Verna Jarrett

  3. Edmond O'Brien

    Edmond O'Brien

    Vic Pardo

  4. Margaret Wycherly

    Margaret Wycherly

    Ma Jarrett

  5. Steve Cochran

    Steve Cochran

    Big Ed Somers

  6. John Archer

    John Archer

    Philip Evans

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 54m

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Revenue -

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  • September 2, 1949



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

I told you to keep away from that radio. If that battery is dead it'll have company.

White Heat is directed by Raoul Walsh and adapted by Ivan Goff & Ben Roberts from a story suggested by Virginia Kellogg. It stars James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Steve Cochran & Margaret Wycherly. Music is by Max Steiner and photography by Sidney Hickox.

Cody Jarrett (Cagney) is the sadistic leader of a violent and ruthless gang of thieves. Unnervingly devoted to his mother (Wycherly) and afflicted by terrible headaches since childhood, Cody is one bad day away from being a full blown psychot... read the rest.

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