From start to finish, it's a story of friendship between 4 street-wise males who don't mind using violence to achieve the lives that they want. They trust no one but each other which is vital to their success as mobsters.
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The film focuses on the war of two gangs in 1930s Harlem for the control of illegal gaming - one headed by black strategic godfather Bumpy Johnson and another by white ruthless hothead Dutch Schultz. Negotiations proposed by white syndicate boss Lucky Luciano never get under way, blood flows and Johnson gets jailed. When Johnson is paroled, he gets the work of enforcer for mighty Stephanie "The Queen" St. Clair. She is also jailed for racketeering and when she leaves she makes him promise "no violence". Written by
In Lucky Luciano's introductory scene, in which he pulls up to Dutch Schultz's office in a limo, he gets out of the car and passes a pet Chihuahua dog to one of his men saying "Take Bambi for a walk." In real life, Lucky Luciano did own a dog called Bambi. However, he bought the dog in Sicily after he'd been deported from the United States in 1946. Luciano had named the dog after the movie Bambi (1942). Yet in this movie, he is seen with the dog in the 1934-1935 time period, before the release of that movie and before he actually bought the dog. See more »
Dutch makes a joke about Dale Carnegie's _How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936) when the film is set in 1934-5. See more »
If you like Ol'G thirties style in color...Hoodlum is it!
Hoodlum.....what can I say, if you had cool Grandparents that grew up in Harlem in the 1930's who liked to party, dress and play numbers then maybe you'd of heard some of the stories about the going ons in Harlem U.S.A. during that period. Numbers were literally the Black mans lottery back then and communication between runner and player no matter how small the amount played was the lug that connected dreams with hope for the little guy; Hoodlum is a story about the preservation of those hopes and dreams by a one Bumpy Johnson. The music, wardrobe and cinematography is superb, I highly recommend this tale of Harlem history.
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