Little Caesar

Overview

Emanuel Goldenberg was born in Romania and from the age of ten grew up in New York's Lower East Side. He trained at the legendary Theater Guild, changed his name, and starred in many successful Broadway plays before moving to Hollywood. Among his most famous films were Double Indemnity with Barbara Stanwyck, The Stranger with Orson Welles, Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston, The Cincinnati Kid with Steve McQueen, and, of course, Little Caesar. After twenty ...

See more details below
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (12) from $11.27   
  • New (7) from $36.23   
  • Used (5) from $11.27   
Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 7.0
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK 10.1
  • NOOK HD Tablet
  • NOOK HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK eReaders
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$31.49
BN.com price
(Save 30%)$44.99 List Price

Overview

Emanuel Goldenberg was born in Romania and from the age of ten grew up in New York's Lower East Side. He trained at the legendary Theater Guild, changed his name, and starred in many successful Broadway plays before moving to Hollywood. Among his most famous films were Double Indemnity with Barbara Stanwyck, The Stranger with Orson Welles, Key Largo with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall, The Ten Commandments with Charlton Heston, The Cincinnati Kid with Steve McQueen, and, of course, Little Caesar. After twenty successful years in film, Robinson's career was shattered by the McCarthy Commission. Although there was never any concrete proof that Robinson was in fact a member of the Communist party, it took five years for him to clear his name. In this fascinating biography, Alan L. Gansberg reveals the man behind the public face, his many memorable roles among more than 100 films, and his struggle to find steady work in Hollywood again. Includes 16 pages of photos.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal
This is a fine book. It may not say much about Robinson's qualities as an actor, or about whether a Red menace existed in any form, but it is, none the less, an absorbing tale of a resilient star, and a reminder of how a democracy can almost implode when bullies and fantasists get their hands on power.
Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal
This is a fine book. It may not say much about Robinson's qualities as an actor, or about whether a Red menace existed in any form, but it is, none the less, an absorbing tale of a resilient star, and a reminder of how a democracy can almost implode when bullies and fantasists get their hands on power.
Jewish Book World - Jeffrey Kobrin
...a loving portrait and tribute to a fine actor and true survivor. It will satisfy not only film buffs, but serious students of the modern American Jewish experience as well.
Foreword Reviews - Henry L. Carrigan Jr.
This is the definitive and authoritative biography of Robinson....Gansberg's engaging prose and his illuminating history provide the most complete and most elegant life of Robinson now available.
Robert Aldrich
I agreed to speak with Alan Gansberg about the blacklisting period in Hollywood because I believe there are stories of people that need to be told from a perspective of cultural history, not hysteria or anger. Alan has told Edward G. Robinson's story as a truly human one.
Mervyn LeRoy
A very young man walked into my office and said he wanted to talk about Eddie Robinson and the gangster movies from the 1930s. I thought, "What could this kid possibly know about Robinson and Little Caesar?" Well, an awful lot, as it turns out, and he's written a fine book about Robinson.
Lionel Chetwynd
With this authoritative biography, Alan L. Gansberg reaffirms his place in the very first rank of Hollywood historians. He not only gives us a portrait that captures the essence of Edward G. Robinson's electric screen personality, vulnerability and even his pain, but Mr. Gansberg also provides an important contextual framework for understanding the Hollywood in which Robinson lived and worked. Invaluable and indispensable for any student of the man and his period.
Donald Freed
Little Caesar is a big book: It charts not only the rise and fall of a great actor, but the panic and betrayal of American culture.
Alvin D. Hall
As an historian of Hollywood, Alan L. Gansberg is cogent on not just the events, but the root and cultural ramifications of the events. Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson of tells us not just what drove a most heralded actor to greatness, but gives us one man's chilling view of the notorious blacklist which became the noose around Robinson's neck, and his career.
Film & History
This is a fine book. It may not say much about Robinson's qualities as an actor, or about whether a Red menace existed in any form, but it is, none the less, an absorbing tale of a resilient star, and a reminder of how a democracy can almost implode when bullies and fantasists get their hands on power.
National Board Of Review
A quartet of outstanding film books have just hit the stores. Alan L. Gansberg's Little Caesar: A Biography of Edward G. Robinson (Scarecrow Press) is a little light on production details about the films of this great actor (Little Caesar, Double Indemnity, Key Largo, The Ten Commandments), but assumes larger significance with its thorough examination of Robinson's persecution by the House on Un-American Activities in the late 40s and early 50s. Robinson's integrity shines through, along with his personal passion for painting, which resulted in a vastly prized collection of paintings that he was forced to slowly sell off as his Hollywood fortunes waned.
Jewish Book World
...a loving portrait and tribute to a fine actor and true survivor. It will satisfy not only film buffs, but serious students of the modern American Jewish experience as well.
— Jeffrey Kobrin
Hollywood Reporter
Robinson was, of course, one of the screen's great actors...Gansberg, a superb writer, tells the stormy Robinson story in fascinating detail. It's difficult to fathom, but EGR never received a single 'scar nomination in his career and he dies before an honorary Academy Award he'd been voted could be handed to him in 1973. But, I suspect, he would have considered this fine-tuned telling of his story an even better reward than any shiny gold-plated statuette.
Reference and Research Book News
Robinson should have been at the peak of his film career in 1952. But, while proclaiming himself a liberal Democrat who had been "duped" by communists before the House Un-American Committee, he was reduced to performing on stage for a fraction of his usual fees. Even after this testimony Robinson struggled to find work in the Hollywood of the blacklist era, and later, although he stoutly asserted he had never "named names," he struggled again in the post-HUAC backlash.
The Big Reel
In this fascinating biography, Alan L. Gansberg reveals the man behind the public face, his many memorable roles among more than 100 films, and his struggle to find steady work in Hollywood again.
ForeWord Reviews
This is the definitive and authoritative biography of Robinson....Gansberg's engaging prose and his illuminating history provide the most complete and most elegant life of Robinson now available.
— Henry L. Carrigan Jr.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810849501
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 600,057
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan L. Gansberg is an award-winning writer, producer, and director working in television, film, and documentary filmmaking. He is also a professor of film and president of the Faculty Association at Columbia College Hollywood in Tarzana, California. In addition, Gansberg teaches acting workshops and privately coaches actors.

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)