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White Heat (1949)
James Cagney, as Arthur 'Cody' Jarrett, reaches to open someone else’s mail.
G. Pat Collins: "Do you think you aught to? That’s US Mail."
James Cagney: "Why not, I'm a US citizen, ain't I?"
Collins choruses with Osterloh: "Not lately!"
G. Pat Collins, as Michael 'Reader' Curtin, and Robert Osterloh, as Tommy Ryley, then shake hands by linking pinkies, closing their fists and then pressing their thumbs together. [00:34:47]
This is similar to a "masonic" handshake depicted in Murder by Decree (1974) and found in a number of nineteeenth century masonic exposures. The handshake is not used in regular Craft Freemasonry, but may possibly be the origin of a counter-culture "fist bump" of the late twentieth century in which the participants lightly tap their closed fists together.

White Heat (1949). Directed by Raoul Walsh, written by Virginia Kellogg (story), Ivan Goff. James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly, Steve Cochran, John Archer, Wally Cassell, Fred Clark. 114 min. USA, English, Black and White, Mono (Crime).

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