Edward G. Robinson

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I don't know who my favourite actor is anymore, the list grows longer and longer as to the actors who I'd watch in anything. It is difficult to pick a favourite actor just out of the roster of tough guys but Edward G had the most range, perhaps that bull dog face was a bonus, there are a number of films in which he played, for want of another word, an unwanted man who wanted love and was wide open for any opportunists. Which is the film where he has a harridan as a wife and Joan Bennett is playing up to him, conning him of course, I'm sure it's a Lang movie, so good but Eddie's performance broke my heart.
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I'm pretty sure that's SCARLET STREET, though THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW is similar.
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That's what I thought, I just couldn't remember which was which.
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SCARLET STREET is a gas - to watch Eddie as a milquetoast, so totally subjugated by his shrewish wife's dominance that he actually wears an apron!

But that wonderful actor pulls it off brilliantly. IMO, Eddie could do it all. Let's face it, could Bogie, Raft or Cagney be convincing in this part?

I'll say it again: Eddie remains my Number 1 fave!
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After reading through this thread I've watched a few EGR movies over the past few days. I've seen Scarlet Street, The Red House, Soylent Green, All My Sons. I started to watch The Cincinnati Kid but I don't care for Steve McQueen. Am planning to watch House of Strangers tomorrow night. I've seen several of his films in the past, such as Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments (oh how I love to hate Dathan) and Our Vines Have Tender Grapes. Anyway, out of the ones I've seen so far this week, All My Sons is without a doubt my favorite. I've seen the stage play twice, first in the 1980s with Richard Kiley as Joe Keller, and second in the 1990s with John Cullum in the lead, but I think EGR's characterization has them both beat. He's terrific. I definitely need to pay more attention to his films. :)
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Western Guy wrote:Hope you don't mind the correction, movieman. I think you meant BROTHER ORCHID. Can't quite picture Eddie, as versatile as he was, as a military cadet.
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Hey, just a slip. Made a good one myself in my interview with Coleen Gray, where I mistakenly said that as a child she walked ten miles to see a movie in her hometown, when it actually was two. Coleen's a good friend, though, and was very gracious about my flub.
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We type faster than we think. What I hate is when I say something intended to be clever, but leave out the most important word in the sentence! Not only is it not funny, it's not even coherent! At least, we can edit. What's up with Facebook? If you don't like what you've posted, all you can do is delete and start over.
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I couldn't imagine Bogie, Cagney or Raft in an apron, I think that has to be one of my favourite Edward G performances for me, I ran through so many emotions when watching it, although judging by all th eposts about his films I've lots more to watch yet.
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. . . And Alison you won't be disappointed watching any of 'em.
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Little Caesar in an apron is quite a sight! Not only is that a reflection of a brilliant piece of filmmaking, it's yet another look at this truly peerless performer.
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Scarlet Street is just THE BOMB! It's such a great movie, centered on Robinson, out of the frying pan and into the fire, but there are SO many great performances in it. I can't think of a character in it who isn't fascinating.... it's cast brilliantly. I just love Lang's sense of humor in this movie, the art part alone is hilarious.
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Yes Wendy, it's a wonderful film, somewhat underrated maybe because of its similarities to the better-regarded WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, though more effective IMO because it contains one of the saddest, most unexpected and haunting finales - the 180 of WitW.
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I love him in Double Indemnity.
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Western Guy wrote:Yes Wendy, it's a wonderful film, somewhat underrated maybe because of its similarities to the better-regarded WOMAN IN THE WINDOW, though more effective IMO because it contains one of the saddest, most unexpected and haunting finales - the 180 of WitW.
Western Guy, what a perceptive and descriptive statement. Says it all.
The Scarlet Street ending is unforgettable and the tragedy of it is indeed the opposite of Woman in the Window.
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