James Cagney Famous Quotes & Sayings

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21 James Cagney Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

James Cagney Sayings: I'm sick of carrying guns and beating up women. I'm sick of carrying guns and beating up women.
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James Cagney Sayings: New Orleans is 5 feet below sea level, which means that holes dug in the New Orleans is 5 feet below sea level, which means that holes dug in the ground immediately fill with water. Coffins were punctured and sunk with weights, which didn't stop them from floating up out of the cemeteries and down the streets of the French Quarter on stormy nights. The solution was to bury people above ground, in what are called vaults.
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James Cagney Sayings: I got a part as a chorus girl in a show called Every Sailor and I got a part as a chorus girl in a show called Every Sailor and I had fun doing it. Mother didn't really approve of it, through.
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James Cagney Sayings: Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life. Absorption in things other than self is the secret of a happy life.
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James Cagney Sayings: I never said, 'MMMmmm, you dirty rat! I never said, 'MMMmmm, you dirty rat!
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James Cagney Sayings: Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally Though I soon became typecast in Hollywood as a gangster and hoodlum, I was originally a dancer, an Irish hoofer, trained in vaudeville tap dance. I always leapt at the opportunity to dance in films later on.
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James Cagney Sayings: My childhood was surrounded by trouble, illness, and my dad's alcoholism, but as I said, My childhood was surrounded by trouble, illness, and my dad's alcoholism, but as I said, we just didn't have the time to be impressed by all those misfortunes. I have an idea that the Irish possess a built-in don't-give-a-damn that helps them through all the stress.
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James Cagney Sayings: Outside of my family, the prime concern of my life has been nature and its Outside of my family, the prime concern of my life has been nature and its order, and how we have been savagely altering that order.
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James Cagney Sayings: You don't psych yourself up for these things, you do them ... I'm acting for You don't psych yourself up for these things, you do them ... I'm acting for the audience, not for myself, and I do it as directly as I can.
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James Cagney Sayings: There's not much to say about acting but this. Never settle back on your heels. There's not much to say about acting but this. Never settle back on your heels. Never relax. If you relax, the audience relaxes. And always mean everything you say.
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James Cagney Sayings: The Postman Always RingsTwice. The Postman Always RingsTwice.
James Cagney Sayings: You dirty rat... You dirty rat...
James Cagney Sayings: My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.
James Cagney Sayings: Learn your lines ... plant your feet ... look the other actor in the eye Learn your lines ... plant your feet ... look the other actor in the eye ... say the words ... mean them.
James Cagney Sayings: You dirty, double-crossing rat. You dirty, double-crossing rat.
James Cagney Sayings: Perhaps people, and kids especially, are spoiled today, because all the kids today have cars, Perhaps people, and kids especially, are spoiled today, because all the kids today have cars, it seems. When I was young you were lucky to have a bike.
James Cagney Sayings: I never had the slightest difficulty with a fellow actor. Not until One, Two, Three. I never had the slightest difficulty with a fellow actor. Not until One, Two, Three. In that picture, Horst Buchholz tried all sorts of scene-stealing didoes. I came close to knocking him on his ass.
James Cagney Sayings: Once a song and dance man, always a song and dance man. Those few words Once a song and dance man, always a song and dance man. Those few words tell as much about me professionally as there is to tell.
James Cagney Sayings: You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just You know, the period of World War I and the Roaring Twenties were really just about the same as today. You worked, and you made a living if you could, and you tired to make the best of things. For an actor or a dancer, it was no different then than today. It was a struggle.
James Cagney Sayings: I hate the word superstar". I have never been able to think in those terms. I hate the word superstar". I have never been able to think in those terms. They are overstatements. You don't hear them speak of Shakespeare as a superpoet. You don't hear them call Michelangelo a superpainter. They only apply the word to this mundane market
James Cagney Sayings: Find your mark, look the other fellow in the eye, and tell the truth. Find your mark, look the other fellow in the eye, and tell the truth.