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The Hoodlum (1951)

Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

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Max Nosseck

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Sam Neuman (story), Nat Tanchuck (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Tierney ... Vincent Lubeck
Allene Roberts ... Rosa
Marjorie Riordan Marjorie Riordan ... Eileen
Lisa Golm Lisa Golm ... Mrs. Lubeck
Edward Tierney Edward Tierney ... Johnny Lubeck
Stuart Randall ... Lieut. Burdick
Angela Stevens ... Christie (as Ann Zika)
John De Simone John De Simone ... Marty Connell
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard ... Sgt. Schmidt
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Mickey
O.Z. Whitehead ... Breckenridge
Richard Barron Richard Barron ... Eddie
Rudy Rama Rudy Rama ... Harry
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Storyline

Vincent Lubeck is a vicious ex-convict. His criminal activities are despised by his family, but he uses and abuses them in the course of his crimes. Eventually his own brother must stand up to him. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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One way road to the chair for today's greatest menace !

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for violence and thematic elements | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El hampon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Jack Schwarz Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A new print has been made of this film which received its premiere at the Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences on 21 May 1999. See more »

Goofs

When Johnny spots Marty at the front of the bank prior to the job, his position changes between the long and close shots. He is standing closer to Vincent and his hand, which was removed from his pocket, is now back in it. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Lubeck: Take a breath, Vincent. Go ahead. Smell! You can smell fresh air here. Not like where we used to live by the city dump. Every time the wind changed... my!... the smell! And Papa running around all day yelling, 'Keep the windows closed! Keep the windows... '
Vincent Lubeck: Stop it, Ma! Keep the windows closed? What was the use? The stink came through them anyhow into all the corners of your lungs... your skin! Even if you took a bath every day, the stink would still stink! Our playground, where we picked up a ...
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An Entertaining Way To Kill Some Time
22 September 2003 | by BillDPSee all my reviews

Got a chance to watch this little noir/crime film recently and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It's a quick movie that clocks in at about 61 and a half minutes and there is no denying that it was a very low budget programmer but it was quickly paced and had some nice touches. Lawrence Tierney is at his nastiest as lifelong criminal Vincent Lubeck. The film opens with Tierney in a car being held at gunpoint by his brother(real life brother Edward Tierney) Johnny and then goes back in time to take us through what lead up to this point. We get a neat narrated, documentary style montage about Vincent's life of crime to start things off. Nice noir touches along the way as shadows abound and for the most part, the performances are very good. Several scenes in the film sort of reminded me of the vastly superior WHITE HEAT. Several things kind of startled me from a film made in 1951 like rape, suicide and the word "pregnant"! All in all, a pretty entertaining little film and a nice way to kill an hour of your time.


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