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James Cagney

James Cagney

MMDE: James Cagney said "You dirty rat!" in his gangster movies

Current: James Cagney never said "You dirty rat!" in his gangster movies

Another falsly attributed movie quote, or a Mandela Effect?

The exclamation "You dirty rat!" is pretty universally ingrained in modern Western culture as the cry of the mobster in the old black and white gangster movies of the 1930's.

Most people will associate the phrase with James Cagney, so are surprised to hear he never said it.

The closest we get is in two movies: Blonde Crazy (1931) "Oh, that dirty, double-crossin' rat" and Taxi! (1932) "Come out and take it, ya dirty, yellow-bellied rat!".

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James Cagneys first role was actually as a woman in 1919 where he was in a dancing chorus line. He spent many of his early years as a comedian before his big break in 1925, from when he became one of Hollywoods biggest stars of the day.