Welcome to October. Football continues, baseball’s regular season will end in a few days, and for many of you – the cooler weather will result in lowered electrical bills as you might not need to run the air-conditioner as often as you had over the last few months. Although this is not a world-wide trend, it is true that people in the northern Hemisphere will begin to enjoy the transition towards cooler days.
But are we completely done with hot weather? Not if you live close to the equator, and not if you live in the Southern Hemisphere. The reality is that it is always hot in some parts of this world; and certainly having me state this as a fact, does not make it a newsworthy item.
So in advance of the coming delightful Fall weather, we shall take a last look at heat. Specifically films that have HEAT in their titles. I’ve assembled a list of films from the 40’s through the 90’s, so let’s have some fun and take a look at them.
White Heat opened on September 2nd, 1949. The stars of this film/noir were James Cagney, Viginia Mayo, and Edmond O’Brien. Directed by Raoul Walsh, the film did not win any Oscars, but more recently, this movie has been considered a classic in gangsters/prison genre.
James Cagney plays Cody Jarrett, the vicious and ruthless leader of a gang that specializes in armed robberies. Virginia Mayo plays his wife, and Edmond O’Brien plays an undercover cop who goes into prison to get close to Jarrett.
Jarrett was smart, sadistic, and tough. Some say that his devotion to his Mother, played by Margaret Wycherly was borderline creepy. Many have wondered how some of those scenes got past the ‘censors’ in those days.
In any event, Jarrett was married to the sexy and beautiful Verna (Virginia Mayo).
Verna Jarrett: I’d look good in a mink coat, honey.
Cody Jarrett: You’d look good in a shower curtain.