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The Hoodlum Priest (1961)

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Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.

Director:

Irvin Kershner

Writers:

Joseph Landon, Don Murray (as Don Deer)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Murray ... Father Charles Dismas Clark
Larry Gates ... Louis Rosen
Cindi Wood ... Ellen Henley
Keir Dullea ... Billy Lee Jackson
Logan Ramsey ... George Hale
Don Joslyn Don Joslyn ... Pio Gentile
Sam Capuano Sam Capuano ... Mario Mazziotti
Vince O'Brien Vince O'Brien ... Assistant District Attorney
Al Mack Al Mack ... Judge Garrity
Lou Martini Lou Martini ... Angelo Mazziotri
Norman McKay Norman McKay ... Father Dunne
Joseph Cusanelli Joseph Cusanelli ... Hector Sterne
Bill Atwood Bill Atwood ... Weasel
Roger Ray Roger Ray ... Detective Shattuck
Kelly Stephens Kelly Stephens ... Genny
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Based on the life of Fr. Charles Clark, a minister to street gangs.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hoodlum Priest See more »

Filming Locations:

Jefferson City, Missouri, USA See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Film debut of Keir Dullea. See more »

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Referenced in Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) See more »

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Don't dismiss this Dismas-inspired dish.
25 February 2012 | by FilmSocietyMtlSee all my reviews

After having just viewed a nice sharp B&W 16mm theatrical print of this fine film, I must say; Don Murray's production of HOODLUM PRIEST really deserves to be given serious consideration by cinephiles looking for hard-hitting drama about an important social issue that still has relevance today. It surpassed my expectations for a film having a title better suited to cheaper exploitation fare. Even within a very tightly budgeted film, ace cinematographer Haskell Wexler was able to impart some really nice arty touches with seedy shadowy lighting schemes and the occasional off-kilter frame compositions. There were solid performances all around with the two standouts being Don Murray and Kier Dullea. Irvin Kirshner proves once again that he is quite a solid director with a marked talent for mixing heavy drama with realism. The near final scene in the prison is such a gut-wrenching experience, you'll feel as if you are really there witnessing a mind-numbing horror played so effectively by the young Dullea. So, please dismiss the weaker reviews here and seekout HOODLUM PRIEST, a real hidden gem.


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