I liked this one. Edward G Robinson plays a wholly unlikeable psychopath, dead-set on rising in the world of crime. He's trigger happy, making his low-end crook buddies nervous, and throws his angry glare like a knife. Rather than playing on accents and other affectations, his ethnicity comes out in the setting: the Palermo Social Club, the corner store selling Italian products, the church. Rather than a stereotype, he's a character. He's a strange teetotaler who rebuffs half a dozen offers to drink but succumbs to his vice at the film's end. Interestingly, no woman plays any particular significance - Rico has no mother, no sister, no girlfriend. He doesn't even seem particularly keen on his buddy's girl - he'd rather shoot her into hamburger!