Sunday, December 12, 2010

Happy Birthday: Edward G. Robinson!

Edward G. Robinson ( December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973),  made his debut as E. G. Robinson in, The Bright Shawl. One of many actors who saw his career succeed in the new sound film era, he made only three films prior to 1930 but left his stage career that year and made 14 films in 1930-1932.

His performance as the gangster Caesar Enrico "Rico" Bandello in, Little Caesar (1931), began his career as a "tough guy".

Other "tough guy" performances: Five Star Final (1931), Smart Money (1931) his only movie with James Cagney, Tiger Shark (1932), Kid Galahad (1937) with Bette Davis and Humphrey Bogart, A Slight Case of Murder, The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) and Confessions of a Nazi Spi (1939). In the 1940s, he expanded into psychological dramas, Double Indemnity (1944), The Woman in the Window (1945) and Scarlet Street (1945), but he continued to portray gangsters in, Key Largo (1948), the last of five films he made with Humphrey Bogart.

Robinson returned to the screen in the Biblical epic, The Ten Commandments(1956). Afterward, Robinson's most notable roles were in, A Hole in the Head (1959) opposite Frank Sinatra and The Cincinnati Kid (1965), with Steve McQueen.

Robinson had a 50-year career that included 101 films. His last scene was a euthanasia sequence in the science fiction film, Soylent Green (1973) in which he dies in a euthanasia clinic while watching nature films.

Please click here to read more about Edward G Robinson.

List of Edward G. Robinson movies I have seen:

The Man with Two Faces (1934)
The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
Kid Galahad (1937)
Double Indemnity (1944)
The Woman in the Window (1945)
Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
Key Largo (1948)
It's a Great Feeling (1949)
Operation X (1950)
The Ten Commandments (1956)
A Hole in the Head (1959)
Two Weeks in Another Town (1962)
Good Neighbor Sam (1964)
Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Soylent Green (1973)

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