Hoodlum Empire

Hoodlum Empire

Brian Donlevy
Director: Joseph Kane Cast: Brian Donlevy
Brian Donlevy
, Claire Trevor
Claire Trevor
, Forrest Tucker
Forrest Tucker
Joseph Kane


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The Kefauver Committee's ongoing investigation of organized crime spawned several "Torn from Today's Headlines!" films in the early 1950s. Republic's Hoodlum Empire concerns the efforts by gangster Joe Gray (John Russell) to get out of the rackets after WW II. Part of Gray's "reclamation" is to testify at a public hearing, prompting a series of flashbacks. Part of the fun is to guess who all the "fictional" criminals are really supposed to be: Luther Adler's character may be called "Nicky Mancini," for example, but for all intents and purposes Adler is playing Frank "Fifth Amendment" Costello. Other famous underworld personages are impersonated by Claire Trevor, Forrest Tucker and Roy Barcroft, while the steadfast Estes Kefauver counterpart is portrayed by Brian Donlevy.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/30/2013
UPC: 0887090061902
Original Release: 1952
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 25,846

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brian Donlevy Sen. Bill Stephens
Claire Trevor Connie Williams
Forrest Tucker Charley Pignatalli
Vera Ralston Marte Dufour
Luther Adler Nicky Mansani
John Russell Joe Gray
Gene Lockhart Sen. Tower
Grant Withers Rev. Andrews
Taylor Holmes Benjamin Lawton
Roy Barcroft Louie Draper
William Murphy Pete Dailey
Richard Jaeckel Ted Dawson
Don Beddoe Sen. Blake
Roy Roberts Chief Tayls
Richard Benedict Tanner
Phillip Pine Louis Barretti
Damian O'Flynn Foster
Pat Flaherty Mikkelson
Whit Bissell Filby
Mikel Conrad Chunce
Tony Dante Tommy
Matty Fain Eddie Fostie
Elizabeth Flournoy Miss Adams
Eddie Foster Doorman
Don Haggerty Mark Flynn
John Halloran Inspector Willard
Thomas Brown Henry Cmdr. Mermant
Gil Herman Officer O'Neil
Douglas Kennedy Brinkley
Fred Kohler German Soldier
Paul Livermore Mike
Sydney Mason Burns
Tom Monroe Rocco
Dick Paxton Elevator Operator
Jack Pennick Tracey
John Phillips Radio Commander
John M. Pickard Man
Francis Pierlot Uncle Jean
Richard Reeves Rollins
Ric Roman Fergus
Sam Scar Sporty
William Schallert Inquiry Clerk
Lee Shumway US Marshal
Sid Tomack Meyers
Charles Trowbridge Commissioner Garrison
Stanley Waxman Lonnie
Dick Wessel Keiller
Mervin Williams Floyd, the Servant
Sarah Spencer Mrs. Stephens
Joe Bailey Eckert of the FBI
George Volk Finter
Andy Brennan Taxi Driver

Technical Credits
Joseph Kane Director,Producer
Frank Arrigo Art Director
Bob Considine Screenwriter
Reggie Lanning Cinematographer
Bruce Manning Screenwriter
Adele Palmer Costumes/Costume Designer
Nathan Scott Score Composer
Richard Van Enger Editor
Herbert J. Yates Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hoodlum Empire
1. Chapter I [10:50]
2. Chapter II [15:14]
3. Chapter III [12:47]
4. Chapter IV [9:09]
5. Chapter V [9:50]
6. Chapter VI [18:11]
7. Chapter VII [10:39]
8. Chapter VIII [11:16]

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