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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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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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Restored from the original camera negatives at UCLA Film & Television Archive in 2008 and premiered at the 2009 UCLA Festival of Film Preservation. See more »

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The position of the mother's head on her death bed changes between the long shot and the close-up. 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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An entertaining example of B 2nd features...
11 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is typical but quite entertaining B movie fare. Well, not completely typical because the main character of such fare is generally more sympathetic than Lawrence Tierney is here. He's a guy you love to hate as he gets paroled thanks to his sweet and loving mother and then proceeds to be a total heel, raping and impregnating his sister-in-law, robbing a bank and just an overall not-nice guy. He doesn't even evoke sympathy at his dying mother's bedside and that's one of the perverse charms of the film. The ending in a dump is quite satisfying and prompts a feeling of good riddance to bad rubbish. This is a typically short little B film, cheaply made, ludicrous at times, but fun to watch and one which will be appreciated by fans of 40's and 50's 2nd features.


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