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9a250 EDWARD G. ROBINSON 8x10.25 still '30s wonderful portrait in smoking cigar & pointing 2 guns!

Date Sold 7/1/2014
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An Original Vintage Theatrical 8" x 10 1/4" [20 x 26 cm] Movie Still (Learn More)

Edward G. Robinson was born Emmanuel Goldenberg in Romania in 1892, and his parents took him to the U.S. in 1902. He was a small man, but possessed a gigantic talent! He was a stage actor in the 1910s and 1920s, but when sound came to movies Hollywood turned to Broadway to find talent who could talk, and he made his debut (after two minor roles) in The Hole in the Wall, starring opposite future major star Claudette Colbert, in her second movie. Seven movies later, he starred as Cesare Bandello (Rico) in Little Caesar, and it not only made him a major star, it also ushered in the great gangster movies of the 1930s. It also typecast him, and he made mostly gangster movies in the 1930s and 1940s, sometimes comedies or parodies of his classic image. In 1944 he made the incredibly wise decision to accept third billing in Billy Wilder's film noir Double Indemnity, and he and the movie were wonderful. That same year he also memorably starred in Fritz Lang's uber-depressing masterpiece, The Woman in the Window, and the following year he and Lang virtually remade that movie as Scarlet Street (although the two movies come from different source novels). He settled into character roles in major movies and lead roles in minor ones, greatly enriching such movies as The Stranger, Key Largo, and many more. He was caught up in the HUAAC hearings, and though he wasn't blacklisted, he spent a year on Broadway in plays. As he grew older he continued to enrich lots of movies in character roles, including his great performance as master poker player Lancey Howard in The Cincinnati Kid (opposite Steve McQueen), and as Sol Roth in Soylent Green (opposite Charlton Heston). In real life he was a quiet, retiring man, nothing at all like his onscreen persona of a brash tough man brandishing a cigar like a weapon. He was a lifelong collector, and one of the first in Hollywood to collect fine art, and he accumulated a collection worth millions of dollars. The ultimate proof of just how flawed to Motion Picture Academy's methods were over the years is that not only did Edward G. never win an Oscar, he never even was NOMINATED for an Oscar, and yet he gave some of the finest movie performances over, over a span of over 40 years! He passed away in 1973 at the age of 79.
Important Added Info: Note that this wonderful candid (by Elmer Fryer) shows Edward G. Robinson in his dressing room wearing a robe, but smoking a cigar and pointing two guns. On the wall are numerous framed photos of Robinson and his friends, some inscribed. There is also a signed portrait of the actor, but we can't make out the signature. On the extreme left is a photo of Sam Jaffe, inscribed "To Gladys and Eddie". That helps us date the photo. Given that Jaffe came to prominence at Columbia Pictures in 1937, and that Robinson was at that studio, it seems very likely this still would date from around that time. If anyone knows more about it, please e-mail us and we will post it here. Also note that this still measures 8" x 10 1/4" [20 x 26 cm].

Condition: very good. There was once a piece of clear tape in each corner and someone carefully removed them, but there is a faint outline of the tape in those areas and pinholes in the top and bottom center.
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