I’ve been craving a lot of grapefruit throughout my pregnancy. It’s a tough fruit to eat with dignity and grace and every time I eat one I’m reminded of this scene from The Public Enemy with James Cagney.
Yep. If you’re a gangster’s woman you can expect either a grapefruit or a door closed in the face (à la Godfather) or… gulp… worse. The Gangster genre does not allow much place for women since they are usually considered a weakness or distraction that ought never to interfere in the world of “business.” Bonnie and Clyde and White Heat are notable exceptions to this rule.
Moreover, the strained relationship between Ma Jared and Cody’s girl is great fun to watch.
No wonder this film is on the TCM “Essentials” list. Ultimately, Jared’s scheming wife exploits his obsession with his mother to bring him to his final downfall. Hmm… who’s on top of the world now?
Quotable quote (big surprise): “I’m on top of the world, Ma!”