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The Hoodlum Saint (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 4 April 1946 (USA)
A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding... See full summary »

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Kay Lorrison
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Dusty Millard
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Snarp
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Father Nolan
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Fishface
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Three Finger
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Eel
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Father O'Doul
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Cy Nolan - O'Neill's Secretary
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Mike Flaherty
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Uncle Joe Lorrison
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Lewis J. Malbery
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Dave Fernby
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Father Duffy
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A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding attended by many of the city's rich and powerful, meets a beautiful girl named Kay who turns out to be his ticket to meeting those rich and powerful people, and he soon manages to land a job on a newspaper. He gets caught up in the "make money at all costs" game, but receives a rude awakening when the stock market crashes in 1929. The Depression's lows uncovers new plateaus this Vet couldn't foresee while raking in the big bucks. Spiritual nudges helps Our Man to finally see the light that money can't buy everything, especially the love and happiness he's been searching for. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Was it the society beauty or the night club singer? (Title lobby card).

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Drama | Music

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4 April 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Bom Ladrão  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Angela Lansbury, who could sing, resented that in this and her other MGM films the studio insisted on giving her a voice double. Years later she had stage hits on Broadway in two singing roles, "Mame" and "Sweeney Todd." See more »

Goofs

During conversations in automobiles, rear-screen projection shows 1940s era cars, long after time story took place. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Had You
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ted Shapiro, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Sung by Angela Lansbury (dubbed by Doreen Tryden)
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" How to Start at the Bottom and Work your way Down "
6 January 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Writer James Hill wrote this wonderful story which was directed by Norman Taurog and relates this rags to riches story, staring William Powell as Terence Ellerton 'Terry' O'Neill'. Powell has just been discharged from the Army, after World War One. Finding it near impossible to find employment, he crashes a High Society wedding and with little effort on his part, bumps into just the right people. Shortly thereafter, he is soon riding the gravy train and up towards his first million. Esther Williams and Angela Lansbury are also along with him as are other close friends. Eventually, he finds his second million easier and with it accumulating wealth in everything he attempts. Finding success in all his endeavors, he creates a non-existing Charity fund for the poor and realizes it too is a success. Then Wall Street collapses and Ellerton finds he too is brought low by the Economic Meltdown. As America looks to blame someone, he too is slated for jail or prison. Landing in the streets, he realizes that being poor is lonely at the bottom and wishes he hadn't squandered his life and few friends. The film is a tribute to self reliance and what to do with the wonderful opportunities one is given along the way. Powell is wonderful as are his Co-Stars. Easily recommended. ****


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