After WW2, ex-mobster war hero Joe Gray goes straight, to the dismay of his New York mob boss uncle who's afraid that his nephew will testify against his outfit before a Grand Jury.

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Sen. Bill Stephens
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Connie Williams
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Charley Pignatalli
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Marte Dufour
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Nick Mancani
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Joe Gray
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Sen. Tower
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Rev. Simon Andrews
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Benjamin Lawton
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Morris Draper
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Pete Dailey
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Ted Dawson
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Sen. Blake
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Police Chief Tayls
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Silky Tanner
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A former gangster who joined the army during World War II and became a hero is now leading a respectable life, out of the rackets. However, when he is called before a grand jury probing organized crime activities, his former colleagues in the mob are afraid he'll spill the beans, and prepare to take measures to ensure that he doesn't. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Vicious Killers Who Do the Murders and Run the Rotten Rackets! See more »

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15 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Au royaume des crapules  »

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Great little movie
3 February 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Hoodlum empire is a considerably better film than the other reviews here would have you believe. I have just watched it courtesy of an olive films blu ray and I must say I enjoyed it. It's quite a low budget film but it has some great moments. John Russell is the main character and I must admit it's the first film I've seen that he has such a big part, he's a little wooden for sure but he's not too bad in this film. The plot tells he story of a gangster who during ww2 changes into a decent person and wants to start afresh but legit. But the mob try everything to pull him back. Underrated film I think that deserves Wider appraisal.


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