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The Hoodlum Saint (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 4 April 1946 (USA)
A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding... See full summary »

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Norman Taurog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Terence Ellerton 'Terry' O'Neill
Esther Williams ... Kay Lorrison
Angela Lansbury ... Dusty Millard
James Gleason ... Snarp
Lewis Stone ... Father Nolan
Rags Ragland ... Fishface
Frank McHugh ... Three Finger
Slim Summerville ... Eel
Roman Bohnen ... Father O'Doul
Charles Arnt ... Cy Nolan - O'Neill's Secretary
Louis Jean Heydt ... Mike Flaherty
Charles Trowbridge ... Uncle Joe Lorrison
Henry O'Neill ... Lewis J. Malbery
William 'Bill' Phillips William 'Bill' Phillips ... Dave Fernby
Matt Moore ... Father Duffy
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Storyline

A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding attended by many of the city's rich and powerful, meets a beautiful girl named Kay who turns out to be his ticket to meeting those rich and powerful people, and he soon manages to land a job on a newspaper. He gets caught up in the "make money at all costs" game, but receives a rude awakening when the stock market crashes in 1929. The Depression's lows uncovers new plateaus this Vet couldn't foresee while raking in the big bucks. Spiritual nudges helps Our Man to finally see the light that money can't buy everything, especially the love and happiness he's been searching for. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Was it the society beauty or the night club singer? (Title lobby card).

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Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oro en el barro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,918,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the life of Dempster McMurphy, a newspaper and utilities executive in Chicago, who set up a charity in the name of St. Dismas, the "Penitant Thief", or the "Thief on the Cross" as told in the story of the Crucifixion of Jesus in the New Testament of the Bible. See more »

Goofs

During conversations in automobiles, rear-screen projection shows 1940s era cars, long after time story took place. See more »

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Featured in Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

How Am I to Know?
(uncredited)
Music by Jack King
Lyrics by Dorothy Parker
Sung by Angela Lansbury (dubbed by Doreen Tryden)
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Is it for Money or for Faith?
28 February 2007 | by mkilmerSee all my reviews

The war was not World War II, but rather, the Great War. Returning veterans were treated well, the plot line tells us, but they did not all return to their jobs. Such was the fate for one Terry O'Neil, a delightful role in the hands of William Powell.

Always eager to help the friends he made as a reporter – yes, his sources were often hoodlums – he does that. The doors are slammed in his face, and he uses his supreme wit to make his fortunate. He uses religion – Catholicism and Saint Dismas (Patron of Thieves) – to get his hoodlum friends to leave him alone. So we the viewer are left with a nice guy who has changed into a driven man with plenty of money and no need whatsoever for faith.

America changed on October 29, 1929, and so did Terry O'Neil. Anything else would be a spoiler, but it is a William Powell movie and Powell's characters were wicked smart and unwicked decent sorts.

The love interest, and films have to have one of those, was played beautifully by a beauty: Esther Williams. O'Neil's dark side's love interest was played by Angela Lansbury, straight from Broadway with a voice to match her beauty.

THE HOODLUM SAINT may, as has been suggested, have been better suited for '36 than for '46, but it plays well in '07 for those of us who love these films.


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