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
Taylor Holmes ...
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
Richard Benedict ...
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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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15 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Au royaume des crapules  »

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Hoodlum Empire (1952)
3 January 2012 | by (Portland OR) – See all my reviews

Hoodlum Empire - 5/10

Senate committee hearings investigating the gambling rackets threaten the reputation of a former gangster gone good. Capitalizing on the Kefauver hearings, this is a pretty dull story with pretty dull characters and a messy, tedious flashback structure. None of the performances light up the screen, even Brian Donlevy and Claire Trevor are rather disappointing. The script is corny and clichéd, the execution of it is uninspired. Nothing about the film is outright horrible, but there's no reason to recommend it.

Hoodlum Empire - 5/10


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