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A Salute To Those Classic Warner Brothers Gangster Movies.

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Gangster Actor Who Knew His Renoir From His Kostabi
Edward G. Robinson was born Emmanuel Goldenberg on the 12th December 1893 in Bucharest, Romania. He arrived in the United States, in New York's Lower East Side, at age 10. He took up acting while attending City College, abandoning plans to become a rabbi or lawyer.
He was elected to the Elizabethan Society. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on a scholarship, and, in 1913, began appearing in summer stock after changing his name to "Edward G." (for Goldenberg). Robinson debuted on Broadway in 1915, and, over the next 15 years, became a noted stage character actor, even co-writing one of his plays, The Kibitzer (1929). He appeared in one silent film, The Bright Shawl (1923), but not until the sound era did he begin working regularly in films, making his talkie debut in The Hole in the Wall (1929) with Claudette Colbert.
It was a later sound film, 1930's Little Caesar, that brought him to the attention of American audiences; portraying gangster boss Rico Bandello, he established a prototype for a number of gangster roles he played in the ensuing years. After being typecast as a gangster he gradually expanded the scope of his roles, and, in the '40s, gave memorable "good guy" performances as in a number of psychological dramas; he played federal agents, scientists, Biblical characters, business men, bank clerks, among other characters.
The actor experienced a number of personal problems during the '50s. He was falsely linked to communist organizations and called before the House Un-American Activities Committee (eventually being cleared of all suspicion). Having owned one of the world's largest private art collections, he was forced to sell it in 1956 as part of a divorce settlement with his wife of 29 years, actress Gladys Lloyd. Robinson continued his career, however, which now included television work, and he remained a busy actor until shortly before his death from cancer in 1973. His final film was Soylent Green (1973), a science fiction shocker with Charlton Heston.
Two months after his death, Robinson was awarded an honorary Oscar "for his outstanding contribution to motion pictures," having been notified of the honor before he died. Incredibly, he had never even nominated for an Academy Award before then! He was also the author of a posthumously published autobiography, All My Yesterdays (1973).
He was a stocky, forceful, zesty star of Hollywood films who was best known for his gangsters roles in the '30s. A "little giant" of the screen with a pug-dog face, drawling nasal voice, and a snarling expression, he was considered the quintessential tough-guy actor.
Interred at Beth El Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York, USA, in the Goodman Mausoleum.





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James Cagney was born in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, N.Y.. His father
was a bartender and amateur boxer. The latter, something the young Cagney
developed a life long passion for. As a youth, he had a fine reputation as a
fighter. He entered show buisness just after World War 1. A fellow employee at
Wanamakers told him a troupe of vaudevillians where auditioning singers and
dancers, and paying $35 a week. Cagney auditioned, and although he could neither
sing or dance, he got the job!
Cagney stayed in vaudeville until 1929, when he moved to Broadway to star with
Joan Blondell in 'Penny Arcade'. This got him and Blondell an offer to go to
Hollywood for screen tests, winning him the role in the 1930 film 'Sinners Holiday'.
Although a very accomplished and versatile actor, Cagney is usually remembered as
the tough guy and gangster. A role he portrayed phenomenally in such movies as
'Angels With Dirty Faces', 'Public Enemy', 'White Heat' and 'The Roaring Twenties'.
In 1942 he had the chance to change personae. He made the movie 'Yankee Doodle
Dandy', in which he starred as George M Cohan. This enabled him to show off his
dancing skills and won him an academy award. He and his brother Bill, formed their
own production company once 'Yankee Doodle' was completed. Cagney made four
films under it's umbrella between 1943 - 1946 when he returned to Warner Bros.
1961 saw Cagney retire from the movies. He moved to his 800 acre ranch in
Dutchess County, N.Y. with his wife, Frances ('Bill') Willard Cagney. They had
married in 1921, and remained together until his death. Cagney enjoyed his retirement,
he was able to relax, read, play tennis, swim, paint, and write poetry. A far cry from
his gangster image. He did come out of retirement for enough time in 1980, to make
'Ragtime' with his old friend Pat O'Brian.
The lure of Cagney's portrayals, is that his own persona seeps through to the
character. However superficially, violent, brutal or downright nasty, it had an
underlying sensitive and sympathetic side. He was the boy gone bad, who, with the
right breaks, could havemade good; they rarely came. An excellent example is 'Angels
With Dirty Faces'. Cagney,the 'brave' gangster and murderer, is hero worshipped by
the 'Dead End Kids.' At the endof the film and about to be executed, he remains
defiant. Making him a bigger hero with the youths. His life long friend, now a priest,
implores him, 'for the sake of the boys', to feign cowardice. Thus he would lose face
with them, hopefully, preventing them from following his example. Still defiant, he
goes forhis final walk along the corridor to the electric chair. We cut to the shadow
of him being strapped into the chair. He is struggling, screaming and crying, 'I don't
want to die! I don't want to die!' Finally going to his death a coward. We never do find
out if it was for real or for the boys.
Cagney was a master of improvisation too. How can anyone who's seen it, forget the grapefruit in Mea Clarke's face (Public Enemy). It was scripted as 'Slaps her with an omelette'! Or the emotionally charged scene in 'White Heat', where he crawls into his mother's lap. Both scenes are examples of Cagney's spontaneity.






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months. I'm trying to get my life on track since my husband passed away.
Things are slowing down a bit, but only a bit. Just wanted to take a
moment here and say hello friend. Hope all is well on your end. Have a
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