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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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Don Murray ...
Father Charles Dismas Clark
Larry Gates ...
Louis Rosen
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Ellen Henley
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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 ...
Weasel
Roger Ray ...
Detective Shattuck
Kelly Stephens ...
Genny
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Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.

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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 »

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I'll never get this 101 minutes back!
17 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was 13 when this film came out and while I don't know for sure why I never got to see this. I'm guessing, morals being what they were at the time; this was probably judged to rough a movie for a boy my age. It probably would have been a R rated movie in it's day. So when I saw it listed on Turner Classic Movies I thought great, I finally get a chance to see this old film. Well now that I've seen it I'm amazed this film gets so much buzz. I found it to be way to melodramatic, over acted and just plain hammy. I'm not sure how this could have ever been relevant. I know that Father Clark did great work in his time; but this seems a poor way to tell his story. Almost everyone in this movie is over acting. I'm guessing that's the fault of the director, but that doesn't make it any easier to sit through. I'm sure many will be drawn to this film by Keir Dullea's name in the cast. Dullea's fame comes from 2001 a film whose uniqueness at the time; pulled along most of the actors who happened to be in it. Like the Hoodlum Priest there were no great performances in that film either. A film for film school students, theater majors, and nostalgia buffs. A corny waste of time.


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