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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.

Director:

Max Nosseck

Writers:

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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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 »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Brothers Vincent and Johnny Lubeck were played by actual brothers Lawrence Tierney and Edward Tierney (actor Scott Brady is also one of the Tierney brothers). 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

Prison Warden Stevens: The only extenuating circumstance is that Vincent Lubeck hasn't committed murder... yet!
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Referenced in The Cost of Living: Creating the Prowler (2011) See more »

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No one to Pull For
25 September 2007 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a very harsh movie about a very harsh man. It has the scene where the elderly mother comes to the parole board and begs them to let her little boy go. They oblige and that sets the events in motion. The man is a sociopath, using anyone who gets in his way. He is bad to the bone. He plots a big heist and never stops until it is accomplished. Unfortunately there are forces working against. The final scene with his mother is quite striking and can't help but pull a manipulative tear from anyone. The movie goes along quickly with us wondering if the guy will ever see the light. One of the weaknesses is that we are more tuned into victims and when it becomes obvious that this guy is barely human, we see him as a force rather than a man. It's nicely filmed and brings that blackness where criminals chose to be criminals and it was the job of the law to put them away. It's interesting for its time.


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