Greatest Classic Films: Gangsters - Edward G. Robinson
The Little Giant
Windy City bootlegger Robinson sets out for a new life when Prohibition ends. In posh, polo-playing Santa Barbara, he seeks class and atmosphere. But swindlers, gold diggers and great fun are what we get from this not-so-little pre-Code comedy gem.
Bullets Or Ballots
"They rule by fear of their guns and must be stopped by the power of your ballots." They are Bugs Fenner (Humphrey Bogart) and other mobsters whose illicit rackets will be smashed by undercover cop Johnny Blake (Edward G. Robinson).
Robinson and Bogart play rival fight promoters and Bette Davis is the moll who has eyes for brawling bellhop Wayne Morris in this "best of '30s boxing movies" (David Shipman, The Story of Cinema).
Robinson turns his mobster persona on its head in a delicious tale of ex-jailbirds who run a luggage shop as a front while tunneling into the bank next door. Broderick Crawford, Jane Wyman and Anthony Quinn costar.