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James Cagney Signature Collection

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With the best Cagney films — Public Enemy, Angels With Dirty Faces — already in the Warner Bros. Gangsters collection, the pickings are slim for the James Cagney Signature Collection. Corny flag-wavers The Fighting 69th (1940) and Captains of the Clouds (1942) waste the brash and yappy bulldog of actor, featuring him as a cowardly WWI solider in need of redemption and a cocky bush pilot turned Royal Canadian Air Force flyer, respectively. Cagney keeps the rebel attitude (and adds a comical-looking pencil mustache) for Torrid Zone (1940), a humdrum jungle set piece about a beleaguered South American banana plantation. More entertaining is The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941), a silly but uneven screwball comedy pitting Cagney?s aviator against runaway oil heiress Bette Davis. The hey-cadets-let?s-put-on-a-show musical West Point Story (1950) rounds out the quintet, but even a cheery pre-stardom Doris Day can?t make up for the skimpy extras (WB shorts and trailers are all any of the discs offer up) and Cagney painfully belting out a song entitled ”B ?Postrophe, K No ?Postrophe l-y-n.” C+