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CB’s Favorite Performances : Edward G Robinson – Johnny Rocco

Our first look at Johnny Rocco is him soaking in a bath, reading a paper and smoking a cigar. There is a fan cooling him off. What a reveal. One of my favorite bad asses of all time. Not jus a fave BA but a favorite performance.

Max (badfinger20) asked me if I could recommend an Edward G performance to give him a taste. Key Largo came out right away. Johnny Rocco is a gangster who has seen better days. He is hiding out in Key Largo waiting for the last big score that will put him back on top. He has a group of thugs with him that jump when he says so. He has a gal who he treats so bad we as an audience can feel the hurt. Rocco is an unapologetic prick. Totally self absorbed and a certified headcase.

Eddy G does not censor his performance. Rocco is a psychopath and Robinson delivers. One minute he’s mister cool, next dangerous, next a spoiled immature flip out artist. He takes us on this emotional rollercoaster. Never once do you empathize with the character. He’s too real and nasty. You want Bogie to put out his lights. Robinson and Bogart have some great scenes, a few where Bogart comes away looking less like a hero (again Bogie not afraid to play a real human being) and more like a defeated man. Watching these two work together is a treat.

I have to make mention of Claire Trevor who plays Rocco’s gal. She is so good and has a scene that is one of my all time faves. He makes her sing for a drink. You have to watch it to believe it. It sums up Johnny Rocco to a tee. One mean heartless guy. “You were rotten”. I didn’t cry when Bogie filled him full of lead.

Johnny Rocco? “Nobody in the world is safe as long as he’s around”. Eddie you are one of the best ever.

43 comments on “CB’s Favorite Performances : Edward G Robinson – Johnny Rocco

  1. Phil Strawn
    November 28, 2021

    what a movie! Rocco was the epitome of mean. EG was actually a nice man, but enjoyed playing the badass. The movie captured the craziness of being trapped with a storm raging. I watched it a few years back on TCM. Back in the 40s, a Bugs Bunny cartoon featured EGR as Rocco and Bugs saves his life. Pretty funny stuff that couldn’t be made today.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 28, 2021

      Same page on all that comment Phil. Eddie was one of the best and yeah I heard he was a sweetheart. Bugs and Eddie G. Match made for CB.
      Ill be over in next couple days to see what kind of mischief you’ve been up to.

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  2. valenciartist
    November 28, 2021

    Brilliant! A fab choice for sure CB, got to watch it!

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  3. Yeah, Another Blogger
    November 28, 2021

    I’ll have to check this one out. Thanks for the recommendation, CB.

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  4. deKE
    November 28, 2021

    Everybody loves a good psychopath CB. Only on screen though. lol

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  5. christiansmusicmusings
    November 28, 2021

    Ah, man, “Key Largo,” what a classic! I love these old Humphrey Bogart pictures with Edward G. Robinson and Peter Lorre. These films didn’t need to rely on special effects to be great. It was all about great plots. And there’s definitely something about black and white!

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 28, 2021

      Im with you on all that. Bogie, Eddie G and Lore are staple with me. Cool thing about this film is Bogie and Robinson dont try to out act each other. They just play of each other and go with it.

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        November 28, 2021

        Really makes we wanna watch some of these pictures again. Maybe that’s something I’ll do during my Christmas break. Peter Jackson has kept me pretty busy – can’t even remember the last time I watched so much TV! 🙂

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 28, 2021

        These sorts of films are one of the genres I rotate my viewing with. Friday night usually.
        I heard there’s a new Beatles thing out. How is it?

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        November 28, 2021

        I can definitely see why you like these pictures.

        As for Peter Jackson’s “The Beatles: Get Back”, I loved it. I feel it paints a more balanced picture than the original “Let It Be” without attempting to whitewash what clearly was a very challenging period for The Beatles.

        I will add the documentary primarily is for Beatles fans, not for folks who are new to the band or are more casual listeners. Perhaps also for folks who enjoy watching professional musicians as thgey work on songs. And even with these caveats, I can’t deny it does drag a bit a times.

        I’m really glad they broke it up into episodes; in fact, with total running time of close to eight hours, I think they should have made it four rather than three parts.

        I’ve actually scheduled a post about my thoughts for tomorrow. 🙂

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 28, 2021

        Ill check out your post.
        Good thing about the old “Noir” films, they usually clock in a 90 minutes tops,

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      • christiansmusicmusings
        November 28, 2021

        Thanks, CB. And, yep, topping out at 90 minutes sounds like an attractive proposition, especially for a guy who hardly watches any TV – and I suppose has a relatively short attention span!

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 29, 2021

        Im with ya on the TV thing. I limit it to a couple movies a week.

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  6. greenpete58
    November 28, 2021

    I saw Key Largo on Turner Classic Movies for the first time a few years ago. I agree, CB, great performances all around, especially Edward G. One of the better noirs, and it would have to be with John Huston and Richard Brooks both involved.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 28, 2021

      What a set of talent and it worked. For us anyways.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 28, 2021

      On that note, Claire Trevor was so nervous when it came time to do her song. All those eyes on her. Huston being as good as he was went with it and created movies magic.

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  7. 1537
    November 28, 2021

    What a film! They made proper actors back then too, not a parade of identikit pretty boys and gals.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 28, 2021

      Bogie and Eddie weren’t going to win any “Best Looking Baby Contests” but man do I buy what they’re selling. Now I want to go watch it again.

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      • 1537
        November 28, 2021

        What’s your fave Bogey film? mine is The African Queen, I know it isn’t his best but I love that film to pieces.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 28, 2021

        ‘Queen” is good because he plays a Canuck. Great film. He has such a high batting average with me. Casablanca, Falcon, Big Sleep, Treasure. Him, Greenstreet and Lorre are so good together. He’s really good in this one with Eddie also.

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  8. The Grand
    November 28, 2021

    “I have to make mention of Claire Trevor who plays Rocco’s gal”

    She’s one of the most memorable highlights of the movie – I like that you mentioned it. I’ve seen this one so many times, it’s completely familiar…

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 29, 2021

      The Poobah weighs in from the projection room. Claire’s scene is one of the best. Just the way Huston filmed it with all eyes on here. Then Edward G doesn’t give her the drink. One of the coldest scenes ever. Just the way he dismisses her. Nasty

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  9. Jim S.
    November 29, 2021

    I think I’ve seen just about every Bogie movie and i probably saw this one years ago. Just can’t remember

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  10. EclecticMusicLover
    December 1, 2021

    Watched this film about a month ago. Still holds up as one of the great films of its time.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 1, 2021

      Huston created the time and place and I felt I was there with the characters. The film hits the spot with me.

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  11. keepsmealive
    December 1, 2021

    Man you nailed it. Talk about PERFORMANCES.

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  12. 1dancequeendq
    December 8, 2021

    Brilliant movie. Reading your blog so many scenes came back to me. Rocco was vile to his girlfriend even the flashback of this scene in my head I winced. What a performance by Edward G.

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  13. badfinger20 (Max)
    December 13, 2021

    Great one man…your batting average is still a 1000… great scenes…probably my favorite is the contrast between Rocco the fearless insane guy and when the storm starts really hitting…great acting… you can see the fear in his face and actions. He is against something he can’t control.

    This one is a great one.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      December 13, 2021

      I get so jacked when I see work like this. I hope younger film fans are discovering these kinds of great films. The “contrast” is what makes him so interesting plus his presence.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        December 13, 2021

        He does have a hell of a presence… throw in the fact with this film you have Barrymore, Bacall, AND Bogart.
        I’ll be checking out more Robinson… thanks CB

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        December 13, 2021

        “Double Indemnity”. He gives an acting lesson on how to be real. Another film I think you’ll dig.

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      • badfinger20 (Max)
        December 13, 2021

        I’ll give that one a whirl CB… thanks

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