This warm and engaging adaptation of Saroyan's superlative comedy represents a labor of love by James Cagney and his brother, producer William Cagney.
The film, set in a San Francisco waterfront saloon, is told in a helter skelter fashion, as Cagney (who remains seated through almost the entire picture) functions as the calm, controlling eye of the human hurricane that whirls on the screen. Cagney is a barroom philosopher, endlessly drinking
expensive champagne as he indulges in his own peculiarities. He enjoys listening to old records as he sits, sending Morris, an earnest, mildly retarded young man, on various errands, placing bets on horses, picking up childr...