RIP James Cagney, Judoka, died on this day 3/30/86

source: imdb.com
 

The fight scenes in Blood on the Sun all involve judo. Cagney trained in the art extensively and even kept it up in his private life, writing in his memoirs, "I grew so fond of judo I used to keep in shape with it until a back injury I picked up doing something else put me on the sidelines." Cagney's judo instructor was a former L.A. cop named John Halloran, who in the film has a small role as Japanese "Captain Oshima." (In a sign of the paranoia of wartime America, Halloran resigned from the LAPD after the police commission sent FBI agents to investigate him because his favorite sport was judo.)

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Gnarls Gnarlington site profile image  

5/7/11 12:41 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

Love Cagney. Thanks for the great clip.

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5/7/11 12:41 AM by Gnarls Gnarlington

Love Cagney. Thanks for the great clip.

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5/7/11 12:24 AM by glassjaw

That's where Vanderlei got his moves.

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5/7/11 12:24 AM by glassjaw

That's where Vanderlei got his moves.

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5/7/11 12:07 AM by Badlands Meanie

I was watching an old Bogart movie a few weeks ago, "Across The Pacific"  I think?  They had a Judo demonstration on the ship he was riding on and then used it a bit in a couple fight scenes, nothing as good as that scene though.

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5/7/11 12:07 AM by Badlands Meanie

I was watching an old Bogart movie a few weeks ago, "Across The Pacific"  I think?  They had a Judo demonstration on the ship he was riding on and then used it a bit in a couple fight scenes, nothing as good as that scene though.

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5/7/11 12:02 AM by SanshiroSugata

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5/7/11 12:02 AM by SanshiroSugata

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5/6/11 11:45 PM by Steve4192

There used to be a ton of judo in old films and television. I have been watching old episodes of 'The Saint' from the early 60s, and Roger Moore throws people around in almost every episode. I'm also watching 'The Avengers' from the same time period and judo was the go-to martial art for most of the female leads who played opposite Patrick Macnee. Diana Rigg in particular got to use a lot of throws.It kind of fell out of favor in the 1970s with the rise of Hong Kong action flicks, but it used to be a staple of Hollywood fight scenes.

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5/6/11 11:45 PM by Steve4192

There used to be a ton of judo in old films and television. I have been watching old episodes of 'The Saint' from the early 60s, and Roger Moore throws people around in almost every episode. I'm also watching 'The Avengers' from the same time period and judo was the go-to martial art for most of the female leads who played opposite Patrick Macnee. Diana Rigg in particular got to use a lot of throws.It kind of fell out of favor in the 1970s with the rise of Hong Kong action flicks, but it used to be a staple of Hollywood fight scenes.