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« on: September 20, 2011, 08:53:40 PM »

The Hoodlum (1951) This a has a great opening title sequence and the whole story is told in a flashback. Directed by Max Nosseck. Lawrence Tierney is an ex-con Vincent Lubeck who gets paroled after 5 years when the pleads of his mother are heard by the parole board. Once out he goes to work for his younger brother Johnny in a service station. Honest work doesn't set well with him but his brothers girl Rosa talks Johnny into giving a second chance she also talks with Tierney and sparks begin to ignite between them. While working the station he begins to scheme about the bank across the street and the armored car that services it while also making time with one of the banks employees. He also semi-forces himself on his brothers not entirely Innocent girlfriend who comes to visit him after hours. He's not a nice guy.

They pull off the heist & get away in a funeral prosession but the gang turns on Vincent grabbing all the loot. Everything goes haywire, naturally. There is a good scene near the end where his dying mother tells him she should have let him rot in jail. Another good sequence is where his brother Johnny wants to finish off Vincent himself back at the stink of the City Dump where they grew up as kids, which brings us back to the title sequence. Entertaining enough for what it is 6.5/10. Run time 61 minutes.

This aired on TCM recently but can be watched online here:

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