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The Hoodlum


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A word about Image's transfer... May 30 2010
By Brian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've owned two public-domain versions of this vicious, bare-bones B-flick and recently upgraded to Image's comparably inexpensive release despite the dire warnings of other reviewers on this site. While I still would only recommend the movie itself to fans of Tierney, or those interested in noir's darker subgenres, I'm happy to report that Image's print is far superior to what you'll find in the bargain bin. There are specks and audio pops, yes, but the picture is much cleaner, the contrast sharper and the sound clearer. Until a major distributor adopts 'The Hoodlum' and performs a proper rehabilitation, Image is hands-down the way to go. 3 stars for the film, 4 stars for presentation.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Effective Low-Budget Crime Thriller March 15 2006
By peterfromkanata - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
While I agree with the previous reviewer's comments on the disappointing technical quality of this disc--or at least the source material--I still found "The Hoodlum" an interesting way of spending 60 minutes. This 1951 "B" movie will still appeal to fans of old gangster flicks and "films noir".

The plot is familiar. Vincent Lubeck is a career criminal, and definitely the "black sheep" of his family. Because of Vincent's numerous crimes, and prison sentences, we are told that his father "died of a broken heart". His mother is in a constant state of worry, and his younger brother, Johnny, holds him in contempt. He is paroled from prison because of his mother's pleadings, but Vincent has no real interest in "going straight", even though his brother gives him a job at his gas station. Contacting some of his old cronies, Vincent plans and carries out a bank heist--a heist that results in several fatalities. A showdown with the police seems inevitable--but perhaps there are "family issues" to be settled first.

Lawrence Tierney is terrific as Vincent. This man is a thug, a thief, a liar, a rapist and a killer--a soulless, remorseless excuse for a human being. Mr. Tierney is totally convincing in this role, although in films like "Dillinger" and "Born To Kill", you could say that he had plenty of practice ! Other screen "tough guys" of the forties and fifties are still remembered today--Alan Ladd, Dan Duryea and, of course, Cagney and Bogart--except with genre fans, Lawrence Tierney seems to be forgotten, which is a shame. Certainly, in this type of role, the man had real presence.

Lawrence Tierney's brother, Edward, plays Johnny Lubeck--an interesting piece of casting, although his performance is no more than adequate. Lisa Golm, as Lubeck's mother, has several strong scenes--her final one with the "son from Hell" is a pip !

Again, the black and white, full-screen picture has much "wear and tear", even a few scene jumps, clearly taken from an old, flawed print. I suppose it beats having no film at all. Don't look for extras.

If you can overlook the technical quality, "The Hoodlum" is a very diverting, if somewhat bleak, hour's entertainment. For this viewer at least, Mr. Tierney is worth the "price of admission".
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Image Entertainment presents another substandard release Feb. 2 2006
By tacks31 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I was so looking forward to watching this DVD. After finding this unknown film noir, I noticed it was issued by Image. Anyone familiar with their products knows by now that purchasing from Image is hit and miss in terms of quality. This one is clearly not remastered - or even restored in any way. In fact, the print is plagued in numerous spots from where the film print had broken and then was spliced together with a few damaged frames at each splice being removed. When oh when will Image have a consistant quality of product? This could have been a delighful purchase has been turned into a lesson not to buy any more DVDs from this company!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Brother with Hard Luck Jan. 15 2010
By Acute Observer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The Hoodlum, 1951 film

The film begins with two men in a car driving somewhere in the night. We hear about Vincent Lubeck's crimes. He will be paroled after his mother meets the parole board. The warden warns Vincent. His brother Johnny owns a gas station. [Does Vincent have a good attitude?] Vincent can't keep his mind on his work. Should Johnny help his brother? Rosa thinks she can help Vincent. [Can anyone?] "What did it accomplish?" Eileen drives a Rambler. Vincent has plans for a Big Score with other crooks. Rosa Chermak has a problem, there will be an autopsy. A funeral car doesn't have to stop for lights. Vince gets an idea. His gang scouts the bank. Will the plan work?

They rob the armored car and shoot the guards. They leave the cab and transfer to the hearse for a funeral. The police will blockade the roads in the city and shoot to kill. But funeral cars are allowed to pass. The lieutenant questions the mortuary owner and notices a discrepancy. There is a squabble over sharing the loot. Is there honor and trust among thieves? The police catch the rest of the gang. What will Vincent do? Can he escape? "Its too late." His mother speaks to him. Is she heart-broken? Johnny speaks to him and commands obedience. The police arrive to end the story.

This is a very good story for a low-budget production. The Lubeck family didn't know when it was time to cut their losses.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Hoodlum - Image DVD Feb. 19 2013
By gatester - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have heard a new print has been shown of THE HOODLUM at the Academy of Motion Pictures. Other than that one showing, I have no knowledge of it being shown elsewhere. I own copies from Sinister, Alpha & TCM so I must like the movie. I just got the Image dvd out of curiosity & I was greatly surprised to see an original 1951 print in beautiful condition. It comes from England and has their censorship statement. From Monarch Films via Eagle-Lion. Alot of american movies were found in perfect condition in England such as THE APE, THE MADONNA'S SECRET & now THE HOODLUM. I would recommend the IMAGE version to anyone interested in the film as the best quality around. From the Wade Williams collection.


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