Edward G. Robinson

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Edward G. Robinson (born Emanuel Goldenberg; Yiddish: ײמאַנועל גאָלדענבערג‎; December 12, 1893 – January 26, 1973) was a Romanian American actor of stage and screen during Hollywood’s Golden Age. He appeared in 30 Broadway plays and more than 100 films during a 50-year career and is best remembered for his tough-guy roles as gangsters in such films as Mervyn LeRoy’s Little Caesar (1931), with with Glenda Farrell and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.; and John Huston‘s Key Largo (1948), with Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Lionel Barrymore, and Claire Trevor. One of his earliest films was Robert Florey’s The Hole in the Wall (1929), with Claudette Colbert.

Films in the 30’s include Smart Money (1931), with James Cagney; Five Star Final (1931), with Aline MacMahon and Boris Karloff; William A. Wellman’s The Hatchet Man (1932), with Loretta Young; Roy Del Ruth’s The Little Giant (1933), with Mary Astor; John Ford‘s The Whole Town’s Talking (1935), with Jean Arthur; Howard Hawks‘ Barbary Coast (1935), with Miriam Hopkins; William Keighley‘s Bullets or Ballots (1936), with Joan Blondell, Barton MacLane, and Bogart; Michael Curtiz‘s Kid Galahad (1937), with Bette Davis and Bogart; Edward Ludwig’s The Last Gangster (1937), with James Stewart; Anitole Litvak’s The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938), with Claire Trevor and Bogart; and H.C. Potter’s Blackmail (1939), with Ruth Hussey and Gene Lockhart.

Films in the 40s includeWilliam Dieterle’s Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940), with Ruth Gordon; Raoul Walsh’s Manpower (1941), with Marlene Dietrich and George Raft; Michael Curtiz‘s The Sea Wolf (1941), with Ida Lupino, John Garfield, and Alexander Knox; LeRoy’s Unholy Partner’s (1941), with Laraine Day, Edward Arnold, and Marsha Hunt; Larceny, Inc. (1942), with Jane Wyman, Broderick Crawford, and Jack Carson; Tampico (1944), with Lynn Bari, Victor McLaglen, Marc Lawrence; Billy Wilder‘s Double Indemnity (1944), with Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck; Fritz Lang‘s The Woman in the Window (1944), with Joan Bennett, Raymond Massey, and Dan Duryea; The Stranger (1946), with Orson Welles (who also directed) and Young; John Farrow‘s The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948), All My Sons (1948), with Burt Lancaster; and Joseph L. Mankiewicz‘s House of Strangers (1949), with Susan Hayward and Richard Conte.

Films in the 50s include Gregory Ratoff’s My Daughter Joe (1950), with Peggy Cummins and Richard Greene; Actors and Sin, with Eddie Albert and Marsha Hunt; Vice Squad (1953), with Paulette Goddard; Robert Aldrich‘s Big Leaguer (1953), with Vera-Ellen; Black Tuesday (1954), with Peter Graves and Jean Parker; Tight Spot (1955), with Ginger Rogers and Brian Keith; Illegal (1955), with Nina Foch, Hugh Marlowe, and Jayne Mansfield; Cecil B. DeMille‘s The Ten Commandments (1956), with Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, and Vincent Price; and Frank Capra‘s A Hole in the Head (1959), with Frank Sinatra, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Carolyn Jones, Thelma Ritter, Dub Taylor, Ruby Dandridge, Eddie Hodges, and Joi Lansing.

Roles in the 60s include Henry Hathaway‘s Seven Thieves (1960), with Rod Steiger, Joan Collins and Eli Wallach; My Geisha (1962), with Shirley MacLaine, Yves Montand, and Bob Cummings; The Prize (1963), with Paul Newman; David Swift’s Good Neighbor Sam (1964), with Jack Lemmon, Romy Schneider, Dorothy Provine, and Michael Connors; Ford’s Cheyenne Autumn (1964), with Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden, Sal Mineo, and Ricardo Montalban; Martin Ritt‘s The Outrage (1964), with Newman, Laurence Harvey, Claire Bloom, and William Shatner; Norman Jewson’s The Cincinnati Kid (1965), with Steve McQueen, Ann-Margret, and Tuesday Weld; Grand Slam (1967), with Klaus Kinski and Janet Leigh; The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968), with Robert Wagner, Raquel Welch, Danny Kaye, and Vittorio De Sica; Never a Dull Moment (1968), with Dick Van Dyke, Dorothy Provine, Henry Silva, Joanna Cook Moore, Tony Bill, and Slim Pickens; and Mackenna’s Gold (1969), with Gregory Peck, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, Ted Cassidy, Camilla Sparv, and Julie Newmar.

Robinson’s final performance was in Richard Fleischer’s science-fiction story Soylent Green (1973), with Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Joseph Cotten, and Chuck Connors. He received an Academy Honorary Award for his work in the film industry, which was awarded two months after he died in 1973. He is ranked number 24 in the American Film Institute’s list of the 25 greatest male stars of Classic American cinema. During the 1930s and 1940s, he was an outspoken public critic of fascism and Nazism, which were growing in strength in Europe leading up to World War II. His activism included contributing over $250,000 to more than 850 organizations involved in war relief, along with cultural, educational and religious groups.

Each review will be linked to the title below.

(*seen originally in theaters)

(**seen rereleased in theaters)

  • Arms and the Woman (1916) – directed by George Fitzmaurice
  • The Bright Shawl (1923) – directed by John S. Robertson
  • The Hole in the Wall (1929) – directed by Robert Florey
  • Night Ride (1930) – directed by John S. Robertson
  • A Lady to Love (1930) – directed by Victor Sjöström
  • Die Sehnsucht jeder Frau (1930) – directed by Victor Sjöström
  • Outside the Law (1930) – directed by Tod Browning
  • East Is West (1930) – directed by Monta Bell
  • The Widow from Chicago (1930) – directed by Edward F. Cline
  • Little Caesar (1931) – directed by Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Stolen Jools (1931) – directed by William C. McGann – short
  • Smart Money (1931) – directed by Alfred E. Green
  • Five Star Final (1931) – directed by Mervyn LeRoy
  • The Hatchet Man (1932) – directed by William A. Wellman
  • Two Seconds (1932) – directed by Mervyn LeRoy
  • Tiger Shark (1932) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • Silver Dollar (1932) – directed by Alfred E. Green
  • The Little Giant (1933) – directed by Roy Del Ruth
  • I Loved a Woman (1933) – directed by Alfred E. Green
  • Dark Hazard (1934) – directed by Alfred E. Green
  • The Man with Two Faces (1934) – directed by Archie Mayo
  • The Whole Town’s Talking (1935) – directed by John Ford
  • Barbary Coast (1935) – directed by Howard Hawks
  • Bullets or Ballots (1936) – directed by William Keighley
  • Thunder in the City (1937) – directed by Marion Gering
  • Kid Galahad (1937) – directed by Michael Curtiz
  • The Last Gangster (1937) – directed by Edward Ludwig
  • A Slight Case of Murder (1938) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938) – directed by Anatole Litvak
  • I Am the Law (1938) – directed by Alexander Hall
  • Confessions of a Nazi Spy (1939) – directed by Anatole Litvak
  • Blackmail (1939) – directed by H.C. Potter
  • Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet (1940) – directed by William Dieterle
  • Brother Orchid (1940) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • A Dispatch from Reuter’s (1940) – directed by William Dieterle
  • The Sea Wolf (1941) – directed by Michael Curtiz
  • Manpower (1941) – directed by Raoul Walsh
  • Unholy Partners (1941) – directed by Mervyn LeRoy
  • Larceny, Inc. (1942) – directed by Lloyd Bacon
  • Tales of Manhattan (1942) – directed by Julien Duvivier – anthology
  • Flesh and Fantasy (1943) – directed by Julien Duvivier
  • Destroyer (1943) – directed by William A. Seiter
  • Tampico (1944) – directed by Lothar Mendes
  • Double Indemnity (1944) – directed by Billy Wilder
  • Mr. Winkle Goes to War (1944) – directed by Alfred E. Green
  • The Woman in the Window (1944) – directed by Fritz Lang
  • Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945) – directed by Roy Rowland
  • Journey Together (1945) – directed by John Boulting
  • Scarlet Street (1945) – directed by Fritz Lang
  • The Stranger (1946) – directed by Orson Welles
  • The Red House (1947) – directed by Delmer Daves
  • All My Sons (1948) – directed by Irving Reis
  • Key Largo (1948) – directed by John Huston
  • Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948) – directed by John Farrow
  • House of Strangers (1949) – directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz
  • It’s a Great Feeling (1949) – directed by David Butler – uncredited cameo as himself
  • Operation X (1950) – directed by Gregory Ratoff – aka My Daughter Joy
  • Actors and Sin (1952) – directed by Ben Hecht & Lee Garmes – anthology
  • Vice Squad (1953) – directed by Arnold Laven
  • Big Leaguer (1953) – directed by Robert Aldrich
  • The Glass Web (1953) – directed by Jack Arnold
  • Black Tuesday (1954) – directed by Hugo Fregonese
  • For the Defense (1954) – directed by James Neilson – TV short/pilot
  • The Violent Men (1955) – directed by Rudolph Maté
  • Tight Spot (1955) – directed by Phil Karlson
  • A Bullet for Joey (1955) – directed by Lewis Allen
  • Illegal (1955) – directed by Lewis Allen
  • Hell on Frisco Bay (1955) – directed by Frank Tuttle
  • Nightmare (1956) – directed by Maxwell Shane
  • The Ten Commandments (1956) – directed by Cecil B. DeMille
  • A Hole in the Head (1959) – directed by Frank Capra
  • Seven Thieves (1960) – directed by Henry Hathaway
  • The Right Man (1960) – directed by Burt Shevelove – TV movie
  • Pepe (1960) – directed by George Sidney – cameo as himself
  • My Geisha (1962) – directed by Jack Cardiff
  • Two Weeks in Another Town (1962) – directed by Vincente Minnelli
  • Sammy Going South (1963) – directed by Alexander Mackendrick – aka A Boy Ten Feet Tall
  • The Prize (1963) – directed by Mark Robson
  • Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964) – directed by Gordon Douglas – uncredited
  • Good Neighbor Sam (1964) – directed by David Swift
  • Cheyenne Autumn (1964) – directed by John Ford
  • The Outrage (1964) – directed by Martin Ritt
  • Who Has Seen the Wind? (1965) – directed by George Sidney – TV movie
  • The Cincinnati Kid (1965) – directed by Norman Jewison
  • The Blonde from Peking (1967) – directed by Nicolas Gessner
  • Grand Slam (1967) – directed by Giuliano Montaldo
  • Operation St. Peter’s (1967) – directed by Lucio Fulci
  • The Biggest Bundle of Them All (1968) – directed by Ken Annakin
  • Never a Dull Moment (1968) – directed by Jerry Paris
  • It’s Your Move (1968) – directed by Robert Fiz
  • Mackenna’s Gold (1969) – directed by J. Lee Thompson
  • The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970) – directed by Walter Grauman – TV movie
  • Song of Norway (1970) – directed by Andrew L. Stone
  • Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) – directed by Richard Erdman – TV movie – uncredited cameo as himself
  • Neither by Day Nor by Night (1972) – directed by Steven Hilliard Stern
  • Soylent Green (1973) – directed by Richard Fleischer