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The Hoodlum (1951)

PG  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  5 July 1951 (USA)
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Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Vincent Lubeck
Allene Roberts ...
Rosa
Marjorie Riordan ...
Eileen
Lisa Golm ...
Mrs. Lubeck
Edward Tierney ...
Johnny Lubeck
Stuart Randall ...
Police Lt. Burdick
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Christie Lang (as Ann Zika)
John De Simone ...
Marty Connell
Tom Hubbard ...
Police Sgt. Schmidt
Eddie Foster ...
Mickey Sessions
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Mr. Breckenridge
Richard Barron ...
Eddie Bright
Rudy Rama ...
Harry Hill
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Patrick Whyte ...
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Storyline

Vincent Lubeck is a vicious ex-convict. His criminal activities are despised by his family, but he uses and abuses them in the course of his crimes. Eventually his own brother must stand up to him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Rated PG for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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A new print has been made of this film which received its premiere at the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences on 21 May 1999. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny spots Marty at the front of the bank prior to the job, his position changes between the long and close shots. He is standing closer to Vincent and his hand, which was removed from his pocket, is now back in it. See more »

Quotes

Eileen: You handle the truth carelessly, don't you, Vincent?
Vincent Lubeck: That's what I like about you - class! Never come out and call a man a liar.
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25 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very harsh movie about a very harsh man. It has the scene where the elderly mother comes to the parole board and begs them to let her little boy go. They oblige and that sets the events in motion. The man is a sociopath, using anyone who gets in his way. He is bad to the bone. He plots a big heist and never stops until it is accomplished. Unfortunately there are forces working against. The final scene with his mother is quite striking and can't help but pull a manipulative tear from anyone. The movie goes along quickly with us wondering if the guy will ever see the light. One of the weaknesses is that we are more tuned into victims and when it becomes obvious that this guy is barely human, we see him as a force rather than a man. It's nicely filmed and brings that blackness where criminals chose to be criminals and it was the job of the law to put them away. It's interesting for its time.


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