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The Hoodlum (1951)

Cast: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, more...
Director: Max Nosseck
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Studio: Alpha Video
Genre: Crime
Running Time: 62 min.
Languages: English
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The Hoodlum is tailor-made for the roughneck talents of actor Lawrence Tierney. The film details the rise and fall of a habitual criminal, and the havoc he wreaks on the lives of his loved ones. Things really go downhill when the "hero" (Tierney) seduces and abandons his brother's sweetheart (Allene Roberts), whereupon the girl commits suicide. Lawrence Tierney's "reel" brother is played by his real brother Edward; presumably, Tierney's more famous sibling Scott Brady was occupied elsewhere. The best performance is delivered by Lisa Golm as the Hoodlum's long-suffering mother. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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Tierney is the Hoodlum! by eifert September 12, 2004 - 9:46 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This is an excellent b-movie starring real life tough guy Lawrence Tierney. Tierney played pretty much the same guy in all his movies -all the way up to the bald bloated criminal he played in Reservoir Dogs. If you're a fan of Tierney, gangster movies or film noir this is worth the rental. The film's only a little over an hour's time, but it entertained me.

Some of the scenes with Tierney and his "Ma" reminded me of White Heat.

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(Average 7.50)
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Great Film Noir one liners
This will hit you like a cold, hard slap in the face.

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