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The Hoodlum (1951)

 -  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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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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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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Brothers Vincent and Johnny Lubeck were played by actual brothers Lawrence Tierney and Edward Tierney (actor Scott Brady is also one of the Tierney brothers). See more »

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When Eileen drives Vincent in her car, the same rear projection scene is used twice. See more »

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Mrs. Lubeck: Take a breath, Vincent. Go ahead. Smell! You can smell fresh air here. Not like where we used to live by the city dump. Every time the wind changed... my!... the smell! And Papa running around all day yelling, 'Keep the windows closed! Keep the windows... '
Vincent Lubeck: Stop it, Ma! Keep the windows closed? What was the use? The stink came through them anyhow into all the corners of your lungs... your skin! Even if you took a bath every day, the stink would still stink! Our playground, where we picked up a ...
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Lawrence Tierney at his toughest in underrated film noir
24 August 2001 | by (Long Island Motor Parkway) – See all my reviews

This is a very underrated B film noir, with Lawrence Tierney at his toughest. If you liked Tierney in Born to Kill, you'll like him here as well. The plot is a common one, but rarely will you see such a vicious character in a 1951 film. There's even a real "dirty word" used in this film (by 1950s standards): "pregnant"! Tierney's performance is not to be missed. He plays a character here with no redeeming qualities (unless you call using his mother a "redeeming" quality), & no remorse. The details of his character's development are fairly well explained; enough of his background is given to understand why he turned out the way he did. For film noir fans, you'll like the darkness of the film, shadows abound, & there's a short narration at the beginning. Lisa Golm (who plays Tierney's mother) also gives an outstanding performance (a little too dramatic at times, but I know quite a few people who act like that in real life); the fact that she strongly reminds me of my grandmother (& was coincidentally born only 9 days after my grandmother) helped me to enjoy this film even more. The most thought provoking aspect of the film is the question of how two brothers who were raised together could grow up to be so different. Tierney's real life brother plays his brother in this film (but he's probably the weakest actor here). I rate it 9/10, but subtract a point if Lisa Golm doesn't remind you of your grandmother!


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