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Classically Speaking:
Promoting Classic Movies in a Jaded World!

Thursday, September 08, 2005


Edward G. Robinson

EDWARD G. ROBINSON (1893-1973), born Emanuel Goldenberg in Bucharest, Romania

The ORIGINAL gangster.

Little Caesar (1931)Haven't you seen Little Caesar (1931)? In this 1931 gangster film, Edward G. Robinson shoots his way to the top. Terrific supporting cast including Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Glenda Farrell. This is the original gangster movie.

Watch this and then see these other four films.

The Whole Town's Talking (1935) Robinson plays dual roles in this film about an average guy who gets arrested because he looks exactly like an escaped killer named "Killer Manion". Jean Arthur is terrific in a supporting role. Directed by John Ford.
Brother Orchid (1940) Notable for being one of the few comedies Robinson appeared in. About a gangster on the run who is taken in by monks! A bit silly but fun. Nice to see him in a lighter role. Ann Sothern, Humphrey Bogart and Ralph Bellamy appear in supporting roles.
The Sea Wolf (1941) Directed by Michael Curtiz and also starring John Garfield and Ida Lupino. Robinson is a cruel, or perhaps insane, ship captain. Garfield and Lupino are fugitives on the run who take refuge on his ship.
The Cincinnati Kid (1965) Steve McQueen stars with Eddie G. in this 1965 poker drama.

*Contributed by: "Kacey D." Date: Wed, Sept 7 2005 / 17:02:36 PST

Academy Awards®
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1973 Honorary Award: Who achieved greatness as a player, a patron of the arts, and a dedicated citizen ... in sum, a Renaissance man. From his friends in the industry he loves. Awarded Posthumously. Robinson died 2 months before the ceremony, after the award was voted on. His widow Jane Robinson accepted the award on his behalf.


  • The original gangster! Seeing that tagline next to that sweet picture of Edward G. cracks me up. I want it to say, "Would you trust this face?" My answer would be, "Sure!" Then, I take a look at the face of Little Caesar and change my mind.

    By Anonymous Elizabeth Van Cleve, at Thu Sep 08, 03:12:00 PM PDT  

  • My favorite Robinson films include Double Indemnity (1944), House of Strangers (1949), Scarlet Street (1945), The Stranger (1946), Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948), Key Largo (1948), All My Sons (1948), and The Woman in the Window (1945). He had a glorious, long career.

    By Anonymous Bjorn Federer, at Thu Sep 08, 10:21:00 PM PDT