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James Cagney is not deterred by a cloud of smoke.
James Cagney is not deterred by a cloud of smoke.

Thumbnail for White Heat (1949) White Heat (1949)

Basics Critics:94Viewers:74Rusty:82
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery/Noir/ThrillerNotable as: Film noirSub-Category: Film noir, Thriller, Black-and-white, Crime Fiction, Crime Thriller, Gangster Film, DramaMain subject: organized crimeNarrative location: CaliforniaRuntime: 114 minutesColor: black-and-white filmLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Raoul WalshScreenwriter: Ivan Goff, Ben Roberts, Virginia KelloggMusic: Max SteinerCinematography: Sidney HickoxStars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John Archer, Fred Clark, Ian MacDonald, John Archer, Wally CassellStudio: Warner Bros.Awards won: National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Story (Virginia Kellogg)Award details: (details at IMDb)

White Heat is a 1949 film noir starring James Cagney, Virginia Mayo and Edmond O'Brien and featuring Margaret Wycherly and Steve Cochran. Directed by Raoul Walsh from the Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts screenplay based on a story by Virginia Kellogg, it is considered one of the classic gangster films and was added to the National Film Registry in 2003 as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress.

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