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The Hoodlum


Lawrence Tierney ("Reservoir Dogs") plays an unreformed, hardened criminal who has just been released from prison. While working at his brother's gas station, he becomes very interested in the armored car that makes regular stops at the bank across the street. If you enjoy heist films, watch this. Tierney was perfect for this type of role. The IMDB entry is here.


The Hoodlum is a 1951 American film noir directed by Max Nosseck featuring Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan and Lisa Golm.<>.</>


Vincent Lubeck (Lawrence Tierney) is a career criminal who has recently been released from prison. He would not have gotten out had it not been for the pleas of his elderly mother.He gets a job working at his brothers gas station. Bored and jealous of his brother, he steals his brother's girlfriend, impregnates her and uses to get married. This causes the girl to commit suicide.
Vincent Lubeck becomes very interested in the armored car that makes regular stops at the bank across the street,and he plans a heist with some of his criminal buddies.He flirts with a secretary who works at the bank, knowing that she will provide useful information.
With the money in hand, the conspirators start to turn on Lubeck.
His criminal activities are despised by his family,and they will no longer help him. He is on his own.Eventually his own brother will stand up to him.
The man hunt is on... will he escape, return to prison, or get killed?


  • Lawrence Tierney as Vincent Lubeck
  • Allene Roberts as Rosa
  • Marjorie Riordan as Eileen
  • Lisa Golm as Mrs. Lubeck
  • Edward Tierney as Johnny Lubeck
  • Stuart Randall (actor) as Police Lt. Burdick
  • Angela Stevens as Christie Lang
  • John De Simone as Marty Connell
  • Tom Hubbard as Police Sgt. Schmidt
  • Eddie Foster as Mickey Sessions
  • O.Z. Whitehead as Mr. Breckenridge
  • Richard Barron as Eddie Bright
  • Rudy Rama as Harry Hill


=Critical response=

Film critic Dennis Schwartz generally liked the film due to the work of actor Lawrence Tierney, writing, "The Hoodlum is a gangster film which passes for film noir because of the protagonist's dark nature, lack of loyalty and violent anti-social behavior ... The cheaply made film tells an old story and adds nothing fresh, but it was presented with force. Aside from Lawrence Tierney' finely tuned menacing performance, the acting was sub par. It was Tierney's performance that kept the film alive in the tradition of the old-fashioned gangsters like those portrayed by James Cagney and Edward G. Robinson."

See also

  • List of films in the public domain in the United States

  • Category:1951 films
    Category:1950s crime films
    Category:American crime films
    Category:Black-and-white films
    Category:English-language films
    Category:Film noir
    Category:United Artists films

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