The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

 |  Drama  |  26 March 1961 (USA)
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Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Father Charles Dismas Clark
Larry Gates ...
Louis Rosen
Ellen Henley
Billy Lee Jackson
Logan Ramsey ...
George Hale
Don Joslyn ...
Pio Gentile
Sam Capuano ...
Mario Mazziotti
Vince O'Brien ...
Assistant District Attorney
Al Mack ...
Judge Garrity
Lou Martini ...
Angelo Mazziotri
Norman McKay ...
Father Dunne
Joseph Cusanelli ...
Hector Sterne
Bill Atwood ...
Roger Ray ...
Detective Shattuck
Kelly Stephens ...


Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.

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26 March 1961 (USA)  »

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The Hoodlum Priest  »

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1.66 : 1
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Concerned that the critics would not be kind to an actor appearing in a film he wrote, DON MURRAY penned the screenplay under the pseudonym "Don Deer", his nickname as a track and field athlete in High school (Rockaway, NY). See more »


Referenced in Alice Sweet Alice (1976) See more »

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Well-intentioned but drab fact-based wallow...
15 September 2011 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

The true story of Jesuit priest Father Charles Dismas Clark and his struggles in opening a halfway house for recently-paroled convicts in '50s-era St. Louis. Lead actor Don Murray (who also co-produced the film and co-wrote the screenplay under a pseudonym) was reportedly inspired to tackle this project after meeting the real Father Dismas Clark, who is credited as technical adviser; still, one can see right away how this production got funded, what with a violent police standoff in the third act, capped with a dramatic gas chamber sequence. Despite talented Irvin Kershner as director and Haskell Wexler as cinematographer, the picture isn't any more weighty or profound than the juvenile delinquent programmers of the previous decade. Keir Dullea makes a strong debut as a troubled youth, but Murray and the other cast members generally fail to impress. *1/2 from ****

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