Monday Nights with Oscar® presents “White Heat” (New York)
"A copper, a copper. How do you like that, boys?" – Cody Jarrett
“Monday Nights with Oscar” explores film noir with a screening of “White Heat,” the movie that marked the return of James Cagney to the gangster genre that made him a star. Directed by Raoul Walsh, “White Heat” tells the story of mother-obsessed escaped convict Cody Jarrett, the leader of a ruthless gang of thieves. While plotting the biggest heist of his life, Jarrett unwittingly befriends an undercover cop (Edmond O’Brien) and sets the stage for his own ultimate downfall. Virginia Mayo co-stars as the perfect gangster’s wife. The screenplay by Ivan Goff and Ben Roberts is loaded with memorable dialogue like "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" and was based on a story by Virginia Kellogg, who garnered an Academy Award nomination for Motion Picture Story.
Writers Branch member Richard LaGravenese (“The Fisher King,” “Water for Elephants”) will introduce the screening. Print provided by the Academy Film Archive.
114 minutes. Warner Bros. 1949. Black and white. Mono.
- Monday, March 7 at 7 p.m.
- Academy Theater at Lighthouse International
111 East 59th Street, New York, NY
(between Park and Lexington)