i thought a little coverage on two of the most famous gangster impersonators (aka actors) from the '30's through '40's might be in order...
first off, edward g robinson. eddie was a very unlikely gangster, as far as i'm concerned. he was a man of pretty insignificant stature (fancyspeak for short) and his voice was rather cartoonish. in fact, did you know that eddie's gangster persona was even immortalized in a cartoon?
here's eddie in "little caesar" circa 1931:
and here's eddie as "rocky":
next up, james "you dirty rat!" cagney. cagney pulled off the whole gangster thing very well and yet whenever i watch him i feel like all he really needs is a hug. i think this video footage from "white heat" proves my theory. here's cagney dining at the prison hall when he finds out his mother has died...
i'd like to know what your '30's gangster name of choice is. mine is pegs mcgillicutty. pegs = my legs (on a good day - actually, never mind, on any day) and mcgillicutty is just an awesome last name; almost as evocative as "teagarden." please note that your gangster last name must begin with "ma" or "mc" - as in malone, mcgillicutty, mcgillivray, mcsweeney... you get the picture. and maybe my girlfriend can explain why all the '30's gangster last names seem to be scottish-like in origin...? a coincidence? i think not. you don't want to tussle with a scot... trust me!
finally, i leave with you with the song that inspired this post's title. chromeo, (an electro-funk outfit from montréal), take us out! (as in i'm going to bed now... ya, i know... so gangsta)
PS: this is a great '30's gangster "starter kit": Tough Guys Collection