Like Nancy Bright Thompson I decide to reorganise and categorise in my case my DVDs. I sorted them out into Hollywood, World, British comedy and my personal favourites. It also meant that I had a “survival stack’ as none of the Xmas TV movies attracted me.
In this outing he was supported by the always delightful Wilfred Hyde White as “Soapy Stevens”, a con man working as a padre to get out of nick for a heist the cons led by Dodge (Peter Sellers), and his henchmen Bernard Cribbens and David Lodge.
Denham had an interesting career as before his long acting one he was a lift operator.
Decorated by the late Queen Mother, she told him that she had seen him before. He replied that the last time he had visited Buckingham Palace was when he repaired the lift.
These gangster movies posed a moral problem for the studio, namely to what extent could crime be glamourised in an era of strict censorship. Edward G Robinson’s Rico thrived off his publicity like some of the more contemporary Mafia dons.
Both he and James Cagney were well dressed, visited the best clubs and given the best tables and had a opulent life style.
Interestingly the scene where James Cagney was fitted for a suit by an obviously gay tailor had to be censored, as was any scene which might indicate a sexual relationship.
Within the constraints, these movies defined a genre which is still popular to this day.