Bogart Vs. Cagney Vs. Robinson in General Discussions Posted July 8, 2013 1. Robinson - the versatility and ability to totally change his characterizations from evil to good, from sympathetic to unsympathetic, from dramatic to comic. 2. Bogart - close on Robinson's heels. *In a Lonely Place* says it all. 3. Cagney - arguably my preference when he's at his best, but he has more valleys for me than Robinson and Bogart.