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


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5 July 1951 (USA) See more »
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Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Lawrence Tierney ... Vincent Lubeck

Allene Roberts ... Rosa
Marjorie Riordan ... Eileen
Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Lubeck
Edward Tierney ... Johnny Lubeck

Stuart Randall ... Lieut. Burdick

Angela Stevens ... Christie (as Ann Zika)
John De Simone ... Marty Connell
Tom Hubbard ... Sgt. Schmidt
Eddie Foster ... Mickey

O.Z. Whitehead ... Breckenridge
Richard Barron ... Eddie
Rudy Rama ... Harry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Raymond Bond ... Old Man (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Parole Board Member (uncredited)

Bill Coontz ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Police Officer (uncredited)
Rudy Germane ... Guard (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Morgue Attendant (uncredited)

Gene Roth ... Prison Warden Stevens (uncredited)

Directed by
Max Nosseck 
Writing credits
Sam Neuman (story) &
Nat Tanchuck (story)

Sam Neuman (screenplay) &
Nat Tanchuck (screenplay)

Produced by
Maurice Kosloff .... producer
Sam Neuman .... associate producer
Jack Schwarz .... executive producer
Nat Tanchuck .... associate producer
Original Music by
Darrell Calker 
Cinematography by
Clark Ramsey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Jack Killifer 
Art Direction by
Fred Preble 
Makeup Department
Harry Thomas .... makeup artist
Peggy Thompson .... hairdresser (as Peg Thomson)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur Hammond .... assistant director
Art Department
Fred Bahr .... master of properties
Harry Reif .... set dresser
Sound Department
Earl Snyder .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Ray Mercer .... special effects
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Oscar Rodriguez .... wardrobe
Other crew
Theodore Bendet .... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated PG for violence and thematic elements (2005 re-release)
61 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Sweden:(Banned) | USA:Approved (PCA #15265) | USA:PG (certificate #41576) (2005 re-release)

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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 »
Continuity: The position of the mother's head on her death bed changes between the long shot and the close-up.See more »
Vincent Lubeck:Ma, the Bible gives you 70 years to live. The insurance companies tell you it's 65. The big companies tell you that after 40 years you can't make a buck. Well, I haven't got far to go. When you die, you're a long time dead.
Mrs. Lubeck:And when you are in jail, are you alive?
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An entertaining example of B 2nd features..., 11 March 2007
Author: AlanSquier from United States

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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