MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 22,991 this week

Hoodlum Empire (1952)

6.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.0/10 from 121 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 7 critic

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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(story) (as Bob Considine) , (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: March

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in March.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 126 titles
created 08 Jan 2012
 
a list of 891 titles
created 16 Jan 2012
 
a list of 58 titles
created 05 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 71 titles
created 08 Sep 2013
 
a list of 2240 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "Hoodlum Empire" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hoodlum Empire (1952)

Hoodlum Empire (1952) on IMDb 6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hoodlum Empire.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Cry Vengeance (1954)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Violent ex-cop Vic Barron comes to Ketchikan, Alaska seeking revenge on an old enemy.

Director: Mark Stevens
Stars: Mark Stevens, Martha Hyer, Skip Homeier
Illegal Entry (1949)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A former pilot goes undercover to help break up a smuggling ring.

Director: Frederick De Cordova
Stars: Howard Duff, Märta Torén, George Brent
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In New York, after seven years in prison, the lawyer Max Monetti goes to the bank of his brothers Joe, Tony and Pietro Monetti and promises revenge to them. Then he visits his lover Irene ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Susan Hayward, Richard Conte
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Whitney Cameron suspects his sister-in-law has poisoned his brother and niece, but without proof how does he prevent the murder of his nephew?

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Joseph Cotten, Jean Peters, Gary Merrill
Ruthless (1948)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Horace Vendig shows himself to the world as a rich philanthropist. In fact, the history of his rise from his unhappy broken home shows this to be far from the case. After being taken in by ... See full summary »

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Stars: Zachary Scott, Louis Hayward, Diana Lynn
Drama | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Tennis prodigy Florence Farley is torn between romance and her mother's ambitions.

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Carleton G. Young
Raw Deal (1948)
Crime | Film-Noir | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Joe Sullivan is itching to get out of prison. He's taken the rap for Rick, who owes him $50 Grand. Rick sets up an escape for Joe, knowing that Joe will be caught escaping and be shot or ... See full summary »

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Dennis O'Keefe, Claire Trevor, Marsha Hunt
Scandal Sheet (1952)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

The editor of a New York exploitation newspaper meets the wife he had abandoned years ago, while using another name, at a LonelyHearts ball sponsored by his newspaper. She threatens to ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: John Derek, Donna Reed, Broderick Crawford
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A thug is convicted and undergoes experimental brain surgery to remove the criminal element in his brain. The operation wipes out all memories of his past life, including where he stashed ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Audrey Totter, Ted de Corsia
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The suspect in a 12-year-old murder case is finally caught and tried, but the witnesses are a bit hard to track down...

Director: George Archainbaud
Stars: Gig Young, Lynne Roberts, Mary Anderson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Loumas, president of the Rock Island Trail company, tries to expand his rails into the Midwest but finds resistance of the steamship and stage-coach lines. The malicious Kirby Murrow tries ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: Forrest Tucker, Adele Mara, Lorna Gray
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Sen. Bill Stephens
...
Connie Williams
...
Charley Pignatalli
Vera Ralston ...
Marte Dufour
...
Nick Mancani
...
Joe Gray
...
Sen. Tower
Grant Withers ...
Rev. Simon Andrews
Taylor Holmes ...
Benjamin Lawton
Roy Barcroft ...
Morris Draper
William Murphy ...
Pete Dailey
...
Ted Dawson
...
Sen. Blake
...
Police Chief Tayls
Richard Benedict ...
Silky Tanner
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

15 April 1952 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Au royaume des crapules  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Cashing in on Kefauver
9 October 2004 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Hoodlum Empire was Herbert J. Yates and Republic Pictures way of cashing in on the Senate Rackets hearings that were chaired by Senator Estes Kefauver. A forgotten figure today, Kefauver almost rode the publicity of those hearings all the way to the White House.

Yates put together a competent company of players to tell this story. I wish he'd given them a better story. John Russell is the nephew of a Lucky Luciano type mob boss played by Luther Adler who has an attack of conscience and gives up his rackets inheritance for a gas station in some town in middle America. Of course other associates of Adler's like Forrest Tucker aren't so keen on Russell just walking away. He knows too much.

As Hollywood coincidence would have it, Russell's company commander from World War II rises to the US Senate and he's the Kefauver figure. Crusading, crimefighting Senator Brian Donlevy has a subpoena out for the big crime bosses and Russell's on his witness list. So is Tucker, Adler, and so is Claire Trevor. One of the highlights of the Rackets hearings was the appearance of Bugsy Siegel's gal pal Virginia Hill and Trevor's character is modeled on her. Claire Trevor is as usual, the moll with the heart of gold. Russell's dumped her for a war bride from France played by Yates's wife Vera Hruba Ralston. She was queen of the Republic lot, like Norma Shearer was at MGM when she was married to Irving Thalberg. Of course Republic wasn't exactly MGM and Ralston didn't have quite the talent of Norma Shearer.

So Trevor's got her own agenda and its mixed in with this stew of a story which I will not further elaborate on. She and Adler are the standouts here if one can stand out in this. Adler was one of the best character actors in Hollywood at that time. He was usually a villain and played all kinds of ethnic types. He did a much better gangster portrayal later on in The Brotherhood.

Today's audiences won't find this appealing, especially if they don't know who Estes Kefauver was.


8 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Hoodlum Empire (1952) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?