Movie Review – Smart Money

Smart Money (1931)

Edward G. Robinson, James Cagney, Evalyn Knapp, and Ralf Harolde

Favorite Scene: Where Robinson (Nick the Barber) kicks Harolde's (Sleepy Sam) ass at cards and gets a boatload of his money. He goes to leave and Sleepy Sam and his boys get up and one of them says, “Wait a minute, Nick!” But Nickie is no fool. He opens the door and two men come in pointing guns at which point Cagney (Jack) says in his famous voice, “Behaaave.”

Favorite Actor: Edward Robinson is the stud in this film.

Favorite quote:

Irene: Who'll give me a half a dollar for my hand?

Nick: Uh, I wouldn't give you a nickel for your whole body.

Rating: 💎💎💎1/2

It was a great movie, but Cagney didn't have that many scenes in it. Still I would check it out!

♠♥♣♦ is about gambling and cards!


Old School Movie Reviews

So I am going to start reviewing movies. Pretty cool, right? However, I am not going to be putting down a brief summary of the movie and then how ever many stars I give it. That's what everybody else does, and they know much more than I do so you can just read their reviews. What I am going to do is break the movie down into a few areas: tell you the name of the movie, the year, and the stars in it, tell you my favorite scene, favorite actor or actress, favorite quote, and then we'll do my rating-thingamajig. That way people will want to see the movies, instead of reading the full review and getting the gist of the movie. And my reviews will be of 'Old School' movies, so they will be ancient. I'm excited!

A hint for the first movie: ♠♥♣♦


Once Upon a Time in the West: Filming locations

If you have never seen Once Upon a Time in the West, you should definitely rent it. It has one of the best directors, a great cast, a phenomenal music composer, and an excellent story. Personally, Jason Robards (he plays Cheyenne) is my favorite.

This is the filming locations then and now. Much has changed between 1968 and 2009 (the date on the video), but you can also see that despite the buildings being gone, not too much is new either. Enjoy!

Thanks to HerveAttia on YouTube for the video. To visit his blog go to

My favorite quote

This is my favorite quote from film.

“I know what you’re thinking. ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?”

Cagney doing what he did best!

Smacking people and getting smacked back!

This is how they made gangster movies back then.

Thanks to igvmyslf1000pts on YouTube for the video.



And if you’re thinking, “Who was that lady that was roughing Cagney up at 0:15?” That was Ann Sheridan, a lovely actress that didn’t take his crap in Angels with Dirty Faces.




Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia is coming out on Blu-Ray this year, which happens to be the 50th year since it was first released. For those of you that haven’t seen the movie, it’s a true story about T.E. Lawrence and his adventures in Arabia during World War I. It is directed by David Lean and has Alec Guinness, Omar Sharif, Anthony Quinn, Claude Rains, and Arthur Kennedy in it, and it introduces Peter O’Toole as T.E. Lawrence. It is considered one of the best films in the history of cinema. If you haven’t seen it yet you probably should.



Cagney and Kelly

This is my new blog!  It’s generally going to be about whatever strikes my fancy.  I’ll tell you about the name of the blog, Cagney and Kelly.  And I’m sorry if you’re a Cagney & Lacey fan.  Like reallllly sorry.

James “Jimmy” Cagney happens to be my favorite actor.  He’s up in the header with Margaret Lindsay for the movie G Men.  Though he won an Academy Award for his musical talent in Yankee Doodle Dandy, it was his tough guy performances that really stood out.  Some of his movies are:  The Public Enemy, G Men, Angels with Dirty Faces, The Roaring Twenties, and White Heat.  If you’ve never seen one, I would try The Public Enemy first (though G Men is my favorite).

The Public Enemy is an early movie where he won the leading role because he simply was brilliant.  And if you’re watching a bunch of these movies thinking, “Is that Humphrey Bogart?  Why is he playing second to Jimmy Cagney?”  Yes, Cagney was *that* good.

Grace Kelly aka Princess Grace is my favorite actress.  She was one of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorites, and she worked with excellent stars like Clark Gable, Jimmy Stewart, and Cary Grant.  Was she the best?  Not at all.  But yes, she was extremely attractive.  And Philadelphia’s Kelly Drive is named after her brother, so what’s not to like there?  She was in Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, and she won an Academy Award for her role in The Country Girl.  I would watch Rear Window or To Catch a Thief first, as they are my two favorites.

Now you know why I chose Cagney and Kelly for the title of this blog, and knowing is half the battle!