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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 ... Lieut. 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 !

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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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

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

The position of the mother's head on her death bed changes between the long shot and the close-up. 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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Lawrence Tierney at his toughest in underrated film noir
24 August 2001 | by wrbtuSee all my reviews

This is a very underrated B film noir, with Lawrence Tierney at his toughest. If you liked Tierney in Born to Kill, you'll like him here as well. The plot is a common one, but rarely will you see such a vicious character in a 1951 film. There's even a real "dirty word" used in this film (by 1950s standards): "pregnant"! Tierney's performance is not to be missed. He plays a character here with no redeeming qualities (unless you call using his mother a "redeeming" quality), & no remorse. The details of his character's development are fairly well explained; enough of his background is given to understand why he turned out the way he did. For film noir fans, you'll like the darkness of the film, shadows abound, & there's a short narration at the beginning. Lisa Golm (who plays Tierney's mother) also gives an outstanding performance (a little too dramatic at times, but I know quite a few people who act like that in real life); the fact that she strongly reminds me of my grandmother (& was coincidentally born only 9 days after my grandmother) helped me to enjoy this film even more. The most thought provoking aspect of the film is the question of how two brothers who were raised together could grow up to be so different. Tierney's real life brother plays his brother in this film (but he's probably the weakest actor here). I rate it 9/10, but subtract a point if Lisa Golm doesn't remind you of your grandmother!


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