Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Public Enemy

I finally saw it! The Public Enemy with James Cagney and Jean Harlow. What a snore of a movie! I was bored out of my wits and couldn't wait for it to be over. I thought it was a drag and the story was lifeless. Not even my dear Jean Harlow could save this film for me. I love her, but her acting was pretty bad. Oy!

I think the only thing about this movie that made my eyes light up was this gorgeous coat dress that a gal wears to the speak easy!

I never found Cagney to be a good looking man -- and even still I have a hard time being attracted to him, but recently a friend pointed something out about him that does have me looking at him slightly differntly... with a bit of a tingle if you will. Cagney always looks as though he has a perverted thought about you in his head. His eyes gaze like he is thinking dirty things. In a conquering sort of way, not a desperation sort of way. I like that...

I wish I could have more to say about this flick, but I found it to be too boring for me to even slag off. I found the documentries in the special features to be better than the film itself. I was an interesting idea that the movie was a message movie, but even trying to see it with 1930's eyes, I was still left feeling empty. I am glad, however, that I was able to watch it.


  1. Oh dear! I haven't been able to get my hands on a copy before, but from everything I've read about it, it was pretty bad...
    It did get Jean started though, so that is good.

    That makes sense about Cagney! It is kind of sexy, isn't it? :P

  2. I think it's interesting from a film history point of view but I found it a dull experience, as well. I was more interested in the vintage cartoon reel that came as a special feature on the DVD I've got. ;]
    -Andi x

  3. C-Dot... Yeah, I don't get it... this is the must see Cagney film. What a snore.. zzzz... I mean it is definitely one of those movies you have to see to help complete your classic movies viewing collection, but I wouldn't expect much from it. And yes, it is very sexy!

    Andi... Oh I am so glad to hear that I am not the only one! Yes, the cartoon extra was much better! LOL

    Tom... Thanks. I only wish I could have said something more fantastic about it.

  4. Cagney is sexy even if he's wearing a cowboy hat and spurs in a western...He's quite charismatic! Funny how Ms. Harlow seemed to have acted a bit better in Hell's Angels than in Public Enemy (both films are one year apart!)...