Comet Over Hollywood is two years old!
The only problem is I’m late to my own blog anniversary party by three months…Comet’s birthday is actually in May.
Since I’m running so late I decided to tie my blog’s anniversary in with the Summer Under the Stars event Turner Classic Movies holds every August.
So as a special treat and thank you to my readers….
In the film “Public Enemy,” James Cagney, who is being celebrated today on TCM for Summer Under the Stars, smashes a grapefruit in Mae Clarke’s face at the breakfast table.
Apparently the scene was a joke Clarke and Cagney were playing on the film crew to see how they would react, according to IMDB. Director ‘Wild Bill’ Wellman decided to keep it in the movie.
It also created caused American women’s groups to protest Clarke’s abuse and for Cagney to stomach a lot of grapefruit when restaurant patrons would order it for him as a gag.
Though the scene is rather humorous and well remembered by film goers, Public Enemy is a very gritty drama with a disturbing ending.
The film is an example of how great and versatile an actor Cagney was: playing maniacal criminals to song and dance men.
Make sure to read out other posts on James Cagney during the TCM Summer Under the Stars blogathon at http://scribehardonfilm.wordpress.com/ and http://sittinonabackyardfence.com/ for the month long classic film celebration!
Stop by back in September for another classic actress beauty tip.
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