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Hoodlum Empire (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 April 1952 (USA)
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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Senator 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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Senator 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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Senator Blake
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Police Chief Tayls
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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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To many pointless flashbacks.

Joe Gray, a former gangster who became a hero in World War Two, leads a respectable life until he is called to testify before a grand jury looking into racketeer activity. Of course his former mob cronies, one of whom is his uncle, do not want him to testify and threaten his family. This would have been a good thriller if it did not have the overlong flashback sequences. The flashback to World War Two is overlong, pointless, and looks cheap. Luther Adler and Brian Donlevy give good performances. Even Forrest Tucker is O.K. But John Russell as Joe Gray is stiff and dull. His performance is an embarrassment.


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