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The Hoodlum (1951)

Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

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Vincent Lubeck
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Rosa
Marjorie Riordan ...
Eileen
Lisa Golm ...
Mrs. Lubeck
Edward Tierney ...
Johnny Lubeck
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Lieut. Burdick
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Christie (as Ann Zika)
John De Simone ...
Marty Connell
Tom Hubbard ...
Sgt. Schmidt
Eddie Foster ...
Mickey
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Breckenridge
Richard Barron ...
Eddie
Rudy Rama ...
Harry
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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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One way road to the chair for today's greatest menace !

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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 »

Goofs

The position of the mother's head on her death bed changes between the long shot and the close-up. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Lubeck: It's too late, Vincent. What can momma do - go to the electric chair for you?
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Brisk, entertaining b-film with another terrific tough-guy performance from Lawrence Tierney
5 January 2007 | by (Worcester, MA) – See all my reviews

"The Hoodlum" is a brisk, entertaining b-film with another terrific tough-guy performance from Lawrence Tierney. Whenever on camera, Tierney is compulsively watchable (and makes up for the poor acting he is surrounded by) and has an incredibly intimidating screen presence. Its a shame he wasn't given a fully developed character to work with and that he was never able to become a big star due to his self-destructive personal life (his characters mirrored his real life actions often). Tierney is slightly over-the-top but believable as the title "hoodlum". The rest of the supporting cast is mediocre, especially Tierney's real-life brother Edward Tierney (was Scott Brady unavailable?). Their woodenness is overshadowed by Lawrence Tierney completely and this is one of his best roles.

The film itself is unconvincing and ludicrous, but quickly paced enough at its compact running time of 61 minutes. Viewers don't search for credibility in their b-films, they look for some cheap lurid thrills and a quick pace. The ultimate crime films such as this can commit is being boring. "The Hoodlum" is certainly never boring. Its nothing new or fresh, but the story is present with much force. Its good rainy day entertainment and worth watching if only for Tierney. Hes great in almost everything he does. (6/10)


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