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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 ... Mrs. Lubeck
Edward Tierney ... Johnny Lubeck
Stuart Randall ... Lt. Burdick
Angela Stevens ... Christie Lang (as Ann Zika)
John De Simone John De Simone ... Marty Connell
Tom Hubbard Tom Hubbard ... Sgt. Schmidt
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Mickey Sessions
O.Z. Whitehead ... Breckenridge
Richard Barron Richard Barron ... Eddie Bright
Rudy Rama Rudy Rama ... Harry Hill
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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 !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Opening credits: All events, characters, firms and institutions in this photoplay are fictional and any similarity to actual persons living or dead or to any actual events or to any actual firms or institutions is coincidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

When the taxi pulls into the gas station during the dry run, about 35 minutes into the film, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the pavement, then the side of the car as it pulls up to the pumps. See more »

Quotes

Vincent Lubeck: Ma, the Bible gives you 70 years to live. The insurance companies tell you it's 65. The big companies tell you that after 40 years you can't make a buck. Well, I haven't got far to go. When you die, you're a long time dead.
Mrs. Lubeck: And when you are in jail, are you alive?
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Featured in The World Famous Kid Detective (2014) See more »

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An entertaining example of B 2nd features...
11 March 2007 | by AlanSquierSee all my reviews

This is typical but quite entertaining B movie fare. Well, not completely typical because the main character of such fare is generally more sympathetic than Lawrence Tierney is here. He's a guy you love to hate as he gets paroled thanks to his sweet and loving mother and then proceeds to be a total heel, raping and impregnating his sister-in-law, robbing a bank and just an overall not-nice guy. He doesn't even evoke sympathy at his dying mother's bedside and that's one of the perverse charms of the film. The ending in a dump is quite satisfying and prompts a feeling of good riddance to bad rubbish. This is a typically short little B film, cheaply made, ludicrous at times, but fun to watch and one which will be appreciated by fans of 40's and 50's 2nd features.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hoodlum 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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