Saturday, November 30, 2013

Party like Edward G Robinson 120 on 12-12

You, Me and Edward G on December 12th

Edward G Robinson born Emanuel Goldenberg (December 12, 1893-January 26, 1973) was a Romanian-born American actor. His family came to the US when he was ten years old.

He changed his name to Edward G. Robinson (the G. signifying his original last name). He is quoted as having said: "I know I'm not much on face value, but when it comes to stage value, I'll deliver for you."

December 12, 2014 enjoy an Edward G. Robinson-a-thon on Turner Classic Movies (TCM), a mini-marathon of his movies.

Edward G Robinson and Bette Davis
Kid Galahad 1937 8x10" Photo
Edward G. Robinson would have been 120 on 12/12.

In 2013 there was an Edward G. Robinson-a-thon Turner Classic Movies (TCM), a mini-marathon of his movies. Please note this post was written in 2013. Unless otherwise stated, dates and information given primarily refer to are for at least one year in the past.

Edward G. Robinson as Little Caesar 8x10" Photo
The films shown on the third pf 2013 were:
The Last Gangster (1937) with James Stewart
Bullets or Ballots (1936) with Joan Blondell
Brother Orchid (1940) with Ann Sothern and Humphrey Bogart
Little Caesar (1931) with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. and Glenda Farrell

Robinson happens to share a birthdate with Frank Sinatra. 

A Hole in the Head, 1959, Sinatra and Robinson made together. Thelma Ritter is also featured. While filming, the press also talked about a nasty feud between co-stars Carolyn Jones and Eleanor Parker.

On December 12, 2013 TCM had a mini Sinatrathon. Frank Sinatra's birthday is December 12, 1915. 

A Hole in the Head
Lobby Card Frank Sinatra, Edward G Robinson
Thelma Ritter

You can celebrate both their birthdays on December 12th. And boy, what a party that would be! Be sure to play a lot of good Sinatra music and if you want to order pizza, well, the the brand you choose is just up to you....

Chazz Palminteri created and narrated a very good tribute to Robinson

George Raft, Marlene Dietrich, Edward G Robinson 8x10 Glossy Photo

Raoul Walsh's Manpower (1941) with Marlene Dietrich and George Raft. A fine Noir trio.

Other favorite Robinson films include Double Indemnity (1944) alongside Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray and Key Largo (1948) with Lauren Bacall, Humphrey Bogart, Lionel Barrymore and Claire Trevor.

He appeared on the classic game show What's My Line five times. Including being the Mystery Guest on October 11, 1953.

He was also a painter and his paintings show up for sale now and then.

"Acting and painting have much in common. You begin with the external appearance and then strip away the layers to get to the essential core. 

"This is reality and that is how an artist achieves truth. When you are acting, you are playing a part, you are being somebody else. You are also, at the same time, being yourself."

Five Star Final POSTER Movie (1931) Style A 11 x 14 Inches - 28cm x 36cm

Edward G Robinson and Boris Karloff.

The two appeared in Five Star Final, a 1931 film about about "crime and the excesses of tabloid journalism."  Also appearing: Marian Marsh, Anthony Bushell, George E. Stone, Frances Starr, Ona Munson.

Raquel Welch Edward G. Robinson Original 8x10" Photo
The Biggest Bundle of Them All 1968 Raquel Welch and Robert Wagner. May we call him Edward G. Boogie??

Robinson's final role was that of Sol Roth in Soylent Green, 1973. He costarred with Charleton Heston, Joseph Cotten and Chuck Connors.

Soylent Green 1973

With Mr. Robinson, Leigh Taylor-Young as Shirl, Chuck Connors as Tab Fielding and Joseph Cotten as William R. Simonson. Robinson, you'll notice, did not wear the blue velour suit.

There are biographies of Robinson such as Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson By Alan L. Gansberg, but I tend to look first to autobiographies and biographies that are written based on the person's own words somehow.

"If I were just a bit taller and I was a little more handsome or something like that, I could have played all the roles that I have played, and played many more. There is such a thing as a handicap, but you've got to be that much better as an actor.

"It kept me from certain roles that I might have had, but then, it kept others from playing my roles, so I don't know that it's not altogether balanced."

-- Edward G. Robinson

* Quotes from Brainy Quote and IMDB

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