MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 45,652 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

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 196 titles
created 10 Jun 2013
 
a list of 159 titles
created 06 Dec 2013
 
a list of 94 titles
created 28 Jan 2014
 
list image
a list of 1594 titles
created 11 months ago
 
list image
a list of 419 titles
created 7 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 6.6/10 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
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
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
The Prowler (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell
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
Dakota (1945)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In 1871, professional gambler John Devlin elopes with Sandra "Sandy" Poli, daughter of Marko Poli, an immigrant who has risen to railroad tycoon. Sandy, knowing that the railroad is to be ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Kane
Stars: John Wayne, Vera Ralston, Walter Brennan
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Thelma Jordon is in love with a jewel thief, Tony Laredo, and he persuades her to go live with her rich aunt, and steal her jewels. During the robbery, she shoots her formerly-rich aunt, ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Semi-successful lawyer John Malone is intrigued by local night club singer Anna Marie St. Clair. After meeting her at the club, he is present when her boss (and more?) is killed, and she is... See full summary »

Director: Lewis R. Foster
Stars: Dorothy Lamour, Brian Donlevy, Claire Trevor
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 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 6.4/10 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
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A group of escaped convicts take over a suburban home to evade the ongoing police manhunt, making the lives of the family living there a nightmare. The longer the men stay there, the more ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: Jack Kelly, Hildy Parks, Vince Edwards
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

 
TV Dressed as Cinema
2 January 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

If you enjoy or grew up with 50s - 60s TV, then you could like this film. The story is not bad, it just doesn't get the treatment it deserves. Director/Producer Joseph Kane: of Republic serials, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers fame is in Television mode with this feature.

The best performances are given by the prolific (and once Oscar nominated) actor: Gene Lockhart ("The Sea Wolf" etc). Luther Adler: (ex Broadway Director) an always believable professional, excels as the sophisticated crime boss who'll stop at nothing to protect his empire. You may remember him from: "The Desert Fox"'51 ~ "The Last Angry Man" 59, ~ "The Brotherhood" '68) he adds a good degree of class to this mild Republic picture. A fair main lead is given by John Russell in a pre TV's "Lawman" role. Brian Donlevy is reliable, if a little wasted, as the Kefauver type character.

Although the script is inspired by the Kefauver criminal activities investigations, its believability sadly stops there. Good lines (with strong statements of fact) are given a superficial TV treatment. Art Direction, Set Decoration, Music, Photography, are also along the style of TV. Although the Cinematographer Reggie Lanning worked with the great Buster Keaton ("The Cameraman" '28) and is also known for "The Wake of the Red Witch" (along with this Director) at this time, both men were crossing over to TV. The richly textured detail of well made 40s films is missing here.

Writer: Robert Considine (A.K.F. his collaboration on 'Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo') was an ex Hearst journalist (noted for using two typewriters at once) he also had close writing associations with several American Presidents.

The two leading ladies: 1. Clair Trevor, gets to wear many sets of 50s clothing 'styles' (some OK, others slightly ridiculous) and chews the scenery in accord with the script. She's done far better. 2. Vera Ralston, ex Czechoslovakian ice skater ~ brought to Hollywood by Republic Pictures boss Herbert J.Yates, as his 'Protege' (and later wife) is mildly pretty and tries earnestly enough.

If not overly discerning, watch this for a couple of good performances, a well intended basic story (smashing the corrupt slot machine racket) or as a 'time' piece. This film has been called 'Noir' by some, but it's basically Television. The Olive DVD transfer release is of recommendable high quality.


2 of 2 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:
?