Buy New
$9.99
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The Hoodlum (1951) has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

The Hoodlum (1951)

3.5 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Aug 04, 2015)
"Please retry"
1
$9.99
DVD
(Sep 20, 2007)
"Please retry"
1
$9.99
$9.99
Watch Instantly with Rent Buy
Hoodlum

Geek Boutique 2016 Geek Boutique HQP

DVD-R Note: This product is manufactured on demand when ordered from Amazon.com. [Learn more]
$9.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The Hoodlum (1951)
  • +
  • The Bodyguard
  • +
  • Born to Kill
Total price: $33.45
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

Paroled sociopath career criminal Vincent Lubeck betrays his family's trust when he masterminds a complex armored car robbery.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Lawrence Tierney, Allene Roberts, Marjorie Riordan, Lisa Golm, Edward Tierney
  • Directors: Max Nosseck
  • Writers: Nat Tanchuck, Sam Neuman
  • Producers: Jack Schwarz, Maurice Kosloff, Nat Tanchuck, Sam Neuman
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Synergy Ent
  • DVD Release Date: September 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W9VWZQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,308 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hoodlum (1951)" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

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.
Comment 15 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
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.
Read more ›
Comment 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This movie needs some TLC restoration, but overall, it was great to see. Over two years ago a group of friends started to get together to watch Valentino movies, then branched out to silents and early talkies, and now we are in film noir. Who knew "Resevoir Dogs" Joe Cabot [Lawrence Tierney] was ever such a gorgeous! So far we have watched him in "Dillinger", "Born to Kill", "Devil Thumbs a Ride" (my personal favorite), "Bodyguard" and now "Hoodlum." Interestingly, Lawrence Tierney's younger brother (nine years his junior) appears in this movie with him, playing the character's younger brother. Edward Tierney was twenty-three in this film. We've been doing a lot of reading about Lawrence Tierney, amazingly he outlived both is actor brothers, Scott Brady and Edward Tierney (aka Edward Tracy). We think this amazing as he had a serious drinking problem and a propensity toward violence when intoxicated. It's all rather sad too, as in addition to being OMG handsome [until his face became a mass of scars from the repeated bar fights] Lawrence Tierney really could act!
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first bought from the studio "The Film Detective" and received a silent movie of the same name from 1919. I returned it. I then bought from the studio "Image Entertainment" and got the right movie with a good picture quality.

The movie holds your interest. It moves at a good pace with some interesting plot twists, and some action. The cast, the script, and the production are all five-star quality. However, the film left me empty in the end. Lawrence Tierney's character is helped by his family at great inconvenience and financial burden to them. Yet, he is ungrateful. He takes his family for granted. He eventually does them harm for his own selfish and wicked desires. The film is a tragedy with no uplifting moments. Apparently; the moral of the story is "Do not try to help an ungrateful person; even if he is your brother or your son".
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
Like a lot of movie watchers of my generation, my familiarity with Lawrence Tierney comes from his crime boss role in "Reservoir Dogs". This pot-boiler is the first full movie of his early career that I've seen. He plays Vincent Lubeck, a hard-luck petty criminal, fresh out of the stir and on parole, thanks to some earnest begging from his mom to the warden and parole board. His straight-arrow younger brother gives Lubeck a job at his gas station, but it's nearly impossible for Lubeck to stay out of trouble. He rapes his brother's girlfriend, and when he sees that the gas station is across the street from a bank, he plans a heist of the cash being delivered to it, while seducing a female bank manager. But in this tight morality tale of a bad guy who stays bad, things don't go as planned for our antihero. Tierney is great at playing a fellow who wants to be more than he is but cannot control his destructive impulses enough to be even successful as a gangster. Vincent Lubeck is exactly what the movie's title says he is, a hoodlum, nothing more.

It's also noteworthy that we see that the only thing jail has accomplished was to make Lubeck a more experienced criminal, rather than a penitent wanting to turn his life around. Tierney makes this character watchable through his charisma and sense of fatalism, and we see a glimmer of his humanity when facing his dying mother, following the bank robbery.

I'm giving this three stars due to some editing that chopped up some scenes, seemingly random in the cuts. But it's a solid, hard-boiled narrative, and Tierney carries the picture.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums



What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customers Also Watched on Amazon Video