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Hoodlum Empire (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 15 April 1952 (USA)
After WW2, ex-mobster war hero Joe Gray goes straight, to the dismay of his New York mob boss uncle who's afraid that his nephew will testify against his outfit before a Grand Jury.

Director:

Joseph Kane

Writers:

Robert Considine (story) (as Bob Considine), Bruce Manning (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... Senator Bill Stephens
Claire Trevor ... Connie Williams
Forrest Tucker ... Charley Pignatalli
Vera Ralston ... Marte Dufour
Luther Adler ... Nick Mancani
John Russell ... Joe Gray
Gene Lockhart ... Senator Tower
Grant Withers ... Rev. Simon Andrews
Taylor Holmes ... Benjamin Lawton
Roy Barcroft ... Morris Draper
William Murphy ... Pete Dailey
Richard Jaeckel ... Ted Dawson
Don Beddoe ... Senator Blake
Roy Roberts ... Police Chief Tayls
Richard Benedict ... Silky Tanner
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Storyline

A former gangster who joined the army during World War II and became a hero is now leading a respectable life, out of the rackets. However, when he is called before a grand jury probing organized crime activities, his former colleagues in the mob are afraid he'll spill the beans, and prepare to take measures to ensure that he doesn't. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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NATION'S BILLION DOLLAR RACKET ! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Au royaume des crapules See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film Noir Is "Fair" and Features Too Many Flashbacks
6 October 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This film noir story is told mostly in the form of flashbacks. It begins to drag a bit in the second half and one gets a little antsy waiting to find out how the good guy gets off in the end, which we assume he does.

Oddly, the main actor in this film, John Russell - the hero of the movie - is not listed on the back on the video box, in critics reviews or even in the film! The most interesting character in "Nick Mansani," played by Luther Adler. Meanwhile, Claire Trevor plays her normal film noir role of the unhappy woman, in this case the "scorned woman." Forrest Tucker was pretty good as the hot- headed hit man, too.

However, overall this was just fair as film noirs go; nothing special to make it stand out. In truth, too many flashbacks ruined this film.


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