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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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Prison Warden Stevens: The only extenuating circumstance is that Vincent Lubeck hasn't committed murder... yet!
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Hoodlum Lawrence Tierney leads a daring armored car robbery
14 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Hoodlum" is a b-film noir, sparked by Lawrence Tierney in the title role. He is totally convincing in the part, and that part is well-written with plenty of good lines for him and for those around him trying to save him from himself after he's paroled.

Allene Roberts bolsters the story as the caring girl friend of Tierney's movie (and real life) brother. Tierney wants money, arguing that life is short and no one ever returned from the grave to enjoy life. A complete heel, he also takes Allene away from his brother and spends time with Marjorie Riordan who works at a bank so that he can figure out how to rob an armored car. That theft involves a clever gimmick.

The screen crackles with electricity when Tierney speaks. It's much less gripping when his mother upbraids him or the prison warden argues against his parole. Brother Edward lacks the charisma that Lawrence had and that Scott Brady, a third brother had.

There's no reason not to take in Tierney's performance in this movie now that it's available on youtube. The movie is not up to "The Public Enemy" or "Little Caesar", but Tierney competes with the best of them, James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson, in those movies, and that's saying something.


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