PM - James Cagney

A resolutely unstarry James Cagney (pictured above in 1950), refuses to let himself be admired as a screen legend as he speaks to Tom Brook about his return to acting in the film 'Ragtime' (1981). Cagney answers questions about his favourite role, discusses how he wants to be remembered and reveals the truth about one of cinema's most memorable catchphrases.

Orson Welles considered James Cagney to be one of the greatest actors of all time and once called him 'a displacer of air', referring to his ability to fill the screen with his presence.

↗ Originally broadcast 18 February 1982.

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