As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, we admit with some embarrassment that we are just now getting around to our first blog on one of our favorite actors, Edward G. Robinson. That’s him above with Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity.
Eddie G. is not as well known today as he should be, and we hope yesterday’s Monday Quiz will help spread the word. Ok, let’s see how you did on yesterday’s quiz (scroll down to the first blog below for the 10 questions posed). Here we go with the answers:
1) Answer: d) Robinson’s real name was Emanuel Goldenberg. Just for laughs, we note that a) is Kirk Douglas’ real name; b) is Danny Kaye’s; and c) Sam Spiegel is the actual name of one of Hollywood’s most infamous producers.
2) Answer: b) False. Robinson’s gangster image was one the actor never particularly cared for. Nonetheless he played them magnificently. Key Largo director John Huston wrote that the picture is “best remembered by most people for the introductory scene, with Eddie in the bathtub, cigar in mouth. He looked like a crustacean with its shell off.”
3) Answer: c) Joan Bennett. The movie is Fritz Lang’s 1945 film noir, Scarlett Street, where Robinson vies for Bennett’s favors with Dan Duryea. Guess who wins out.
4) Answer: d) Margaret O’Brien.
5) Answer: Robinson was born Dec. 12, 1893 in b) Bucharest, Romania.
6) Answer: a) True. Robinson was a noted art collector, and amassed a fortune in paintings. Director Huston theorized that the actor was prompted to collect fine art in part to live down his gangster screen image.
7) Answer: b) Broderick Crawford. The picture was 1952’s Stop, You’re Killing Me costarring Claire Trevor.
8) Answer: b) False. Robinson costarred with Orson Welles in 1946’s The Stranger, playing a war crimes commissioner on the hunt for a Nazi criminal (Welles, who also directed). Robinson later commented that Welles seems to have run out of genius while making the movie. “It was bloodless, and so was I.” We disagree, and much enjoy the movie every time we see it, not least for a fine performance (as Welles’ confused wife) by Loretta Young.
9) Answer: b) False. Robinson’s career began in the silent period, playing a factory worker in 1916’s Arms and the Woman. He logged appearances in nearly a dozen films before making 1931’s Little Caesar.
10) Answer: a) True. Robinson never won an Academy Award during his long lifetime (he died at 79 in 1973). Two months after his death he was cited for an honorary Oscar. He deserved much better.