What’s Your Favorite Edward G. Robinson Performance?

This week’s movie poll spotlights one of the most famous character actors of the silver screen, Edward G. Robinson. In this poll we would like to know: What’s Your Favorite Edward G. Robinson Performance?

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  • greatj

    E.G.Robinson gave so many great performances,but ‘House of strangers’is my favorite.

  • Wayne P.

    My fave of his is “The Whole Towns Talking” a rare 1935 John Ford comedic suspenser where EGR played a great double role…would love to spoil the plot (all will offer is one of his characters is a milk-toast and the other is his trademark gangster persona ) for you but suffice to say its hilarious and Jean Arthur lends her usual stellar support as well!

    • Jim

      Excellent choice! Robinson and Ford teaming for a screwball comedy — whod’a thunk it! That movie should be much better known. Jean Arthur steals the movie, but she did that a lot, didn’t she…

  • Ron

    My 2 favorite Robinson performances were absent from you list……………NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES and THE RED HOUSE. How could you leave those out?

  • Blair Kramer

    Dathan in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS is probably Robinson’s worst bit of film acting, but that’s precisely the reason why I love that character so much! Only Edward G. Robinson could have so thoroughly chewed the scenery! Watching him in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS reminds me of rye bread and mustard. Robinson of course, is the HAM! He’s just great in that film! I LOVE that God-awful movie!!!

  • Alan

    Robinson’s best performance was as Sol Roth in SOYLENT GREEN which was his last film. Beethoven’s Symphony # 6(“Pastoral”) made his performance even stronger.

  • oldlady

    although my favorite is the stranger…..i like performance in scarlett street

  • Stephanie

    All my sons – a wonderful WWII propaganda film. Anyone else see it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/brian.e.seeger Brian E. Seeger

    Solomon Roth in Soylent Green.

  • Random Walker

    My favorite: Christopher Cross (Scarlet Street 1945) I love that man…

  • http://twitter.com/Bryankr Bryan Ruffin

    This has taken the definition of tough choices to a new depth! I love watching his movies!! I have seen him play hard as nails cops (FBI), tough, no nonsense, devil may care killers and kind compassionate doctors….all with equal alacrity! I had a really hard time choosing one as a favorite. Little Caesar is one of favorites; I saw it, and was convinced he was the man he portrayed! Every movie I saw him in after that, I compared to it! To be honest, I was only 6, what did I know!?

  • http://www.facebook.com/GypsyWhiteEagle Gypsy Spirit

    “The Whole Towns Talking” where he should have won an academy award!

  • terry

    Actually, I think his all-time best performance was his last role. He starred opposite Charlton Heston in “Soylent Green.”

    • wolf-nv

      I whole-heartedly agree! Although I thought his performance in “The Ten Commandments” was laudable, “Soylent Green” was his best!

    • Bruce Reber

      That was also a very poignant performance – EGR knew he was dying from terminal Cancer when his character, Sol Roth “went home” – lying on the bed, enjoying his last 20 minutes of life looking at beautiful images of a world that used to be, to the accompaniment of classical music. EGR died about a month after “Soylent Green” wrapped production.

  • Pacerdad

    I enjoy watching EGR in any movie that he was in. I voted for “Johnny Rocco” in Key Largo. I agree with “RON”. THE RED HOUSE is very good. I have it on Blu-ray. EGR is great in it! I will have to try and see “The Whole Towns Talking”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/linda.debreto Linda DeBreto

    A great actor

  • Fred B.

    One of Edward G.’s best and least seen films is the 1931 “5 Star Final” directed by Mervyn LeRoy. He is superb as the ruthless editor with a conscience of a scandal sheet newspaper whos owner wants to drudge up an old sex story of a young girl and E.G.R. hates himself for doing it. A truly powerful performance by him and the rest of the cast. When you watch this masterpiece notice how he keeps washing his hands through out the picture. So many wonderful roles from a gifted actor..

  • Arthur Grant

    Jim Turner in DARK HAZARD and Vincent Canelli in BLACK TUESDAY

  • John Yeazel

    He was a gifted and very versatile actor. He is also one of my favorite. He was great in all the above movies and countless others. However, the most remarkable fact of his long distinguished career is that he was NEVER EVEN NOMINATED for an Academy Award, for ANY of his movies!! Incredible!!! Think about that. All I can do is shake my head in disbelief! ( He did win a special Oscar in 1972 for his body of work.)

    • Nick

      I agree wholeheartedly. There was always a great intelligence at work, a keenness of craft that the really great actors have. He was shrewd — just like Barton Keyes in “Double Indemnity.” He was always a helluva lot of fun to watch. That he was never nominated for an Oscar says nothing about his skill.

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  • Max

    Don’t forget Women in the window.

  • Phyllis S.

    Wonderful performances with more variety than I had remembered. My favorite is the tender and loving father in Our Vines Have Tender Grapes. Much of the movie belongs to the growing up behavior from the Margaret O’Brien character. But Robinson is perfect as her supporting, adoring father.

  • John Klepper

    He was such a great actor as a bad guy and was really a gentle soul under it all. he played two brothers in a movie about the Noble Prize with Paul Newman I saw years ago at Radio City Music Hall in NYC. A mystery I have yet to find in DVD.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=713983697 Gordon S. Jackson

      The title is THE PRIZE, is available on DVD, And is also a personal favourite of mine.

  • Twistie

    While I voted for Double Indemnity (one of my favorite films of all time for so many reasons), I don’t think it’s possible to make a bad choice with this question. Edward G. Robinson is one of those actors whose films I will watch no matter what, because I’m guaranteed at least one absolutely brilliant, utterly real performance.

    I don’t care if he’s running a crime syndicate, hunting Nazis, curing dread diseases, or building a communications empire… just hand over the popcorn and keep your mouth zipped until I’m done basking. I’ve got a date with Edward G. Robinson.

  • Thom Thomas

    Robinson’s portrayal of Joe Keller in ALL MY SONS was his best.

  • Jim

    My vote was for Robinson’s portrayal of Chris Cross, the would-be artist who becomes caught up in a murder in Fritz Lang’s “Scarlet Street”. But there are literally a couple of dozen ties for second place!

  • DaveP326

    Hard choice. EGR had several mamorable roles. Johnny Rocco, Little Caesar,and Lancey Howard were all top notch performances.

  • sugarpussoshea

    While I voted for Martinius in Vines, I also agree with Jim about his performance in Scarlett St as Chris Cross. Soylent Green, double indemnity ~ when didn’t he give a gr8 show??

  • Cougar

    ” A Slight Case Of Murder” is one of his best and funnist

  • JoAnne McMaster

    The Woman In the Window would have to be my choice. It’s been said that the character was also closest to his personality in real life, as a kind and gentle man…

  • Creepfarm

    He was great in A Slight Case of Murder. Very funny movie.

  • rocky-o

    “key largo” is one of my favorites, but i primarily think of that as my favorite bogart flick…had to vote “little caesar”, simply because, that is pure edward g..

  • Winklefriend

    The voting choices indicate what a gifted player this man truly was. Try watching LITTLE CAESAR and DR. EHRLICH’S … back-to-back and my point is proven. This list also brings home the curiosity that THE SEA WOLF has yet to be on DVD. Hopefully, it’s in the works … with the complete 100 min. film and not the 90 minute version that VHS and TCM shares. Also, got a chuckle that CLITTERHOUSE was included. Not for the film itself, but it reminded me of once reading that Bogie hated this one so much that he referred to it as THE AMAZING DR. CLITORIS.

  • Craig

    His name in “Little Caesar” was Caesar Enrico Bandello. Not Bandetto.

  • Quiggy

    I voted for the Key Largo portrayal of Johnny Rocco, but where is Sol Roth (from Soylent Green)?