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1847 days ago 10 comments Categories: Politics Tags: James Cagney, Broadway, Carmelo Anthonm
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I declined then Shelly accepted. Glad she asserted herself. We attended an off-Broadway play, “Cagney,” at the Westside Theatre, last night (Saturday, July 9, 2016). Mostly a musical it focused on actor extraordinaire James Cagney's career. The movie that I most identify with Cagney remains “The Gallant Hours,” his excellent portrayal of Admiral William “Bull” Halsey. Never much for gangster movies, I never watched “White Heat” or “Public Enemy” in their entireties; I knew Cagney made his name in them. I had thought Cagney's portrayals of George M. Cohan in “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “The Seven Little Foys,” demonstrated talent apart from his typecast roles; I later learned it better represented his pre-holiday career.


I never knew Cagney's early support for workers and unions or his run-ins with Congressional witch hunts for Communists in the 1940s before after and Second World War. Though in his later years Cagney adopted conservative views (not the first actor to do that.), his support, including dollars, for those in need and social justice causes offers parallels today.


 

Just Saturday morning, the back page of the Daily News reprised Carmelo Anthony's thoughtful Instagram post urging his colleagues in sports to use their celebrity – to speak out and press politicians for solutions after the tragic shootings that never seem to end. I want to see where the conversation Melo started takes us. I prefer to be hopeful.

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  •  Fred wrote 1847 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Why do they drift to the Right?
     
       
     
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  •  NSpizz wrote 1847 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    At his AFI awards acceptance speech his opening line was "I never said YOU DIRTY RAT"
     
       
     
     
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  •  VincentPetraro wrote 1847 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Hard for me to accept any statement from a supporter of the racist "Five Percent Nation"!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Michael__Appell wrote 1847 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Cagney grew up in my neighborhood, attended Stuyvesant High School and hung out on the corner at 77th and First.
    By the way, the left brought us to where we are, politicians can only play the blame game, and can't even make the simple tough decisions like repair infrastructure. We have leaders who can't
    lead, left/right, red blue or purple
    We're reaping the fruits of the seeds sewn by the likes of Sharpton 30 years ago. This craziness will be stopped by ordinary everyday citizens when they begin to uncover threats early and say something
     
       
     
     
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  •  Cayce_Crown wrote 1847 Days Ago (positive) 
     
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    It's so nice to be pleasantly surprised.
    I'm with you, Corey, ever hopeful. There is much to support this view.
    Don't let the fear mongerers get you down.
     
       
     
     
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  •  Rona_Gura wrote 1846 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    My brother loved it!!!
     
       
     
     
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  •  Riva_Schwartz wrote 1846 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Great show - interesting to see McCarthyism as it applied to him
     
       
     
     
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  •  Cynthia_Somma wrote 1844 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    Glad you enjoyed the show....

    Anytime a celebrity like Melo can use their "clout" for good, is always a wonderful thing!
     
       
     
     
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  •  EllynFinkelstein wrote 1841 Days Ago (neutral) 
     
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    That a girl, Shelly! Hope you enjoyed a nice dinner too!
     
       
     
     
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