A Classic Pistol Honoring the King of the Big Screen Gangsters
The “Roaring Twenties” was the era of Prohibition and jazz, but it was also the Golden Age of the American Gangster. Former street toughs like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano and Dutch Schultz became outlaw entrepreneurs throughout the gangster eras of the 1920s and 1930s.
Lawmakers saw the gangsters as public enemies, but there were plenty of regular folks who saw them as outsiders fighting against the system. As rebels, villains and underdogs they proved the perfect subject for Hollywood. No actor captured their essence like Edward G. Robinson.
In the breakthrough 1931 film, “Little Caesar,” Edward G. Robinson virtually invented the rough-talking, sharp-dressing gangster. He starred as Caesar Enrico Bandello, stylish in a tailored suit and snap brim fedora but deadly with a sidearm and more than willing to use it. With his unique look and distinct voice, Edward G. Robinson stunned audiences as the streetwise mobster whose quick rise to power was rivaled only by his tragic fall. Based loosely on the life of notorious Chicago kingpin Al Capone, the film helped launch the gangster genre and made Edward G. Robinson a box-office superstar.
“Some people have youth,
some have beauty –
I have menace.”
~ Edward G. Robinson
For audiences in the 1930s, part of the huge appeal of gangster movies was the colorful villain, usually with a distinctive voice, a great deal of charm and a special girlfriend who accompanied him throughout each film. Edward G. Robinson was a master at portraying this new breed of Hollywood bad guy—a cold-blooded gangster with ambition and more than a dash of charm. This Edward G. Robinson Tribute Pistol is issued exclusively through America Remembers and with authorization from the Family of Edward G. Robinson. We are honored for the opportunity to celebrate and pay tribute to such a memorable film icon. For the Tribute we selected a classic American firearm from the Gangster era: the Colt® Government Model® .45 Pistol. This handsome Tribute pistol commemorates the post-World War I, Prohibition era, which was shaping America in the late 1920s to early 1930s, along with Edward G. Robinson, who unforgettably embodied the persona of the gangsters from this tumultuous era in American history.
A Classic American Sidearm
Each Edward G. Robinson Tribute in this edition is a working Colt® Government Model® .45 Pistol, an American icon that many of its owners consider one of the finest pistols ever made. In choosing an appropriate canvas for The Edward G. Robinson Tribute, we wanted a firearm that remained true to the gangster era. When it came to firepower, the classic Model 1911 was often a criminal’s best friend… and worst enemy in the hands of lawmen.
The most powerful pistol of the day was a vital part of the gangster’s arsenal. In fact, many of the Prohibition-era’s most notorious criminals were already familiar with the Model 1911 pistol following World War I. They knew the classic military Model 1911 as a reliable and accurate battlefield sidearm, and found it just as effective when taking care of business on the mean streets of New York and Chicago. Craftsmen commissioned specifically by America Remembers decorate each Tribute in stunning 24-karat gold and nickel with a lustrous blued background to highlight the details of the artwork, honoring this iconic Hollywood legend.
The left side prominently features a banner with the name “Edward G. Robinson.”Also featured on the left are three images of Robinson as the tough guy gangster, a persona he made so famous on the big screen. The portrait on the left shows him brandishing his trusted handgun, with his trademark wool fedora hat tilted sideways. To the right, Robinson is shown ready for action behind a door, waiting to get the drop on a rival trigger man. The third image shows the mobster in a lighter mood with a sly smile and his hat turned upward.
The right side features another classic portrait of Edward G. Robinson and an authentic reproduction of Edward G. Robinson’s signature. Featured in the center is a highly detailed scene portraying Robinson as a gangster with his pistol drawn, making a getaway from a downtown bank job. Sweeping through the scene is a banner that reads: “To Last You Need To Be Real.” This quote from Robinson serves as both an explanation for his lasting success onscreen and a personal motto. At the muzzle end of the barrel, Robinson is featured as a villain steadying his sidearm at a target.
Optional Display Case
In order to display and protect your Edward G. Robinson Tribute Pistol, a handsome, luxuriously lined custom made display case including an engraved brass identification plaque is available for purchase.
Only 300 Available
Only 300 Edward G. Robinson Tribute Pistols will be available in this strictly limited edition available exclusively through America Remembers. Now is your opportunity to own a handsomely decorated firearm dedicated to a true American film icon, and capturing a classic era in American history. This handsome Edward G. Robinson Tribute pistol honors a true movie legend, one who brought some of the most memorable film characters of the 20th century to life on the big screen. It does not matter if you are a fan of classic American firearms, legendary gangster films or the unforgettable actor who spoke the line, “Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?” the Edward G. Robinson Tribute Pistol will take a signature place in your collection and serve as a conversation piece for many years to come.
Since the “Edward G. Robinson Tribute Pistol” is a working Colt® .45 pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. (Not available in California or Massachusetts)
I wish to reserve the “Edward G. Robinson Tribute Pistol”, a working Colt .45 pistol, at the current issue price of $2,195.* Each Tribute is numbered within the edition limit of 300, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty-day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per pistol. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
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