Dec. 21, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST
What a strange coincidence.<p>I'm lying.
Dec. 21, 2008, 2:54 a.m. CST
Or back to the past.
Dec. 21, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. ROFLMAOUTSDMFAIHURL. This bitch is ripe for a remake. Am I right, my little bastards?
Dec. 21, 2008, 3:06 a.m. CST
very interesting, and Quint take it easy to push yourself
Dec. 21, 2008, 7:02 a.m. CST
Eddie G. is my alltime favorite actor, and this is one of his best and strangest films. The end brings a tear to my eye every time.
Dec. 21, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...but it's a MAJOR SPOILER for the film.
Dec. 21, 2008, 10:08 a.m. CST
A gangster who has a change of heart after hanging out with monks was later a major point in the origin of "Plastic Man". Given how big a star Robinson there's a good chance that Jack Cole'd seen it and borrowed the idea to explain how Plas went from a gangster to a superhero.
Dec. 21, 2008, 11:50 a.m. CST
I saw this film years ago at the LACMA's Tuesday matinee, and while it didn't impress me I couldn't help but think this is the where Jack Cole got the inspiration for Eels O'Brien's redemption. <p> A better Robinson movie in a somewhat similar vein is "The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse." Yeah, the name is a little off putting, but the movie itself is actually quite entertaining with Robinson as an upper class doctor who becomes a criminal mastermind to learn how the criminal mind works, and Bogie and Claire Trevor in it as well. You seem to have a Edward G. Robinson box set Quint, do you have that one as well?
Dec. 21, 2008, 2:02 p.m. CST
Which 5'4" tough guy won?
Dec. 21, 2008, 2:07 p.m. CST
I wonder if he was typecat early in his career as the handsome dumb guy ala HIS GIRL FRIDAY.
Dec. 21, 2008, 3:11 p.m. CST
out of the 3, only bogie was ever allowed to really stretch his acting chops....and that is kinda sad...btw, do kids today take the time to really watch the classics?
Dec. 21, 2008, 3:22 p.m. CST
donald crisp, who plays the leader of the order and was a great character actor, was also a great director of the silents
Dec. 21, 2008, 3:25 p.m. CST
But it's an actual adverb. Imagine that! Anyways this is a great film. It is definitely a satire on Gangster films and the reasons why men act the way they do.<p> Robinson is great in this movie as well as the cast.<p> I often wondered if Jack Cole was inspired by this movie in creating the origin of Plastic Man?
Dec. 21, 2008, 3:42 p.m. CST
xmas is the anniversary of charlie chaplin's death....could you switch out your reviews and do one of his films?
Dec. 21, 2008, 3:48 p.m. CST
They were all considered great actors. They just hit different heydays. Bogart was clearly the best of them and a forerunner of the method acting. His best films were near the end of his life and Career-when he started doing non-ganster type pictures. Cagney had his best roles when he first started. He made comedies, biographies, song and dance and even a Shakespeare film. He quit when he was no longer enjoying acting and lived for a few decades afterwards. During that time, fame dwindled. He even had a minor comeback with Ragtime. But Robinson had a long and steady career until his death. However he started doing television and shlock pictures. He was often miscast (For example: Ten Commandments) His last memorable role was in "Soylent Green" By all things considered their on screen personas differ from their actions in real life. Bogart was well red, but not a nice fellow. Cagney was no where near as outgoing as his characters and Robinson, who normally played such evil men, was considered the nicest guy in Hollywood.
Dec. 21, 2008, 4:14 p.m. CST
robinson couldve been a great comedic actor...i think it hurt him that he was typecast as the little tuff guy (i always thought that demille told him to do dathan as a over the top heavy) robinson couldve done deeper roles if he had really been given the chance...and you have to agree that he brought out the best in heston in soylent green...he made that relationship believable...i pray that the remake never gets off the ground
Dec. 21, 2008, 4:41 p.m. CST
Yes, all three had great careers (although Cagney had a long retirement and Bogart died to early) and all three men displayed range. The one big difference between the three, however, is that both Cagney and Bogart found success as the classic Hollywood leading man, a figure who beats his foe and wins the girl. Robinson played that part a couple of time, but without success. Lets be honest, while none of the three men were anything close to Adonis, at least the other two had a rugged handsomeness while Robinson was just a short, pudgy guy. In modern terms you could say that you wouldn’t consider Adrian Brody or Joaquin Phoenix to be the best looking guys in Hollywood, but at least they can play romantic figures or action heroes unlike Paul Giamatti. <p> Still, I think Robinson was able to display the most range. Besides his now stereotypical gangster roles in “Little Caesar”, “Bullet or Ballots”, “Larceny Inc.”, “Brother Orchid”, “A Slight Case of Murder”, and “Key Largo”, he also showed himself to be the capable, dogged detective (“Double Indemnity”, “Nightmare”), a milquetoast (“Scarlet Street”), an intellectual (“The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse” and “Woman in the Window”), a psychotic with lust for his adoptive daughter (“The Red House”), a sophisticated card-player (“The Cincinnati Kid”), a egotistical director on the way down (“Two Weeks in Another Town”), a Ivy League educated man turned homeless drunk (“Tales of Manhattan”), and be the inspiration for Chief Wiggum. Robinson has played pretty much every level of society: from the Social Elite to the bums on the streets, from gangsters to politicians, from recent immigrants to blue bloods, from city dwellers to rural farmers, from sophisticated men of taste to brutes without manners, from doctors to high school dropouts. A pretty wide range if I say so myself <p> Now if Chris Nolan can just get a time machine and bring him back to life to play the Penguin in the next Batman movie.
Dec. 21, 2008, 5:50 p.m. CST
by Skyway Moaters
The new GIF animation wasn't 'technically' a spoiler, until you attributed it!
Dec. 21, 2008, 6:28 p.m. CST
by Leafar the Lost
Since Kevin Bacon has been in 33% of every movie ever made, then it should be easy to link Bogart to him in less than 3 moves. I can, but I want to see if anyone else has can to.
Dec. 21, 2008, 6:37 p.m. CST
just do it though bacall...any of the movies they did together...
Dec. 21, 2008, 7:53 p.m. CST
by Grammaton Cleric Binks
I don't know if I can get three.
Dec. 21, 2008, 10:10 p.m. CST
another film cagney didnt get the academy award for...but deserved it...as did obrien
Dec. 22, 2008, 7:50 a.m. CST
by Leafar the Lost
Dec. 22, 2008, 8:24 a.m. CST
by Leafar the Lost
Humphrey Bogart was in "The Big Sleep" with Lauren Bacall; Bacall was in "Diamonds" with John Landis (he played a gambler); John Landis directed Kevin Bacon in "Animal House". Now that was "EZ"!