As menacing as “The Great” Edward G. Robinson could be, he starred in more than a few comedies disguised as gangster pictures. Lloyd Bacon’s 1942 film is one of them—a Runyonesque satire brimming with holiday cheer; as the racketeer who wants to go straight, Robinson gets to dress up as Santa Claus. With a fairly remarkable supporting cast including Jane Wyman, Anthony Quinn, Broderick Crawford, and Jackie Gleason (!).
About John Sayles
John Sayles is an actor, screenwriter, film director and novelist. His most recent novel, A Moment in the Sun, is now available in paperback and his latest feature (his 18th!), Go For Sisters, will attempt to sneak into theaters this September. He would rather watch a good trailer than a bad movie.