The film tells the story of an ongoing gang struggle between Black gangsters and the the Italian-Jewish mob during 1930s Harlem. . Prostitute Patron uncredited Produced by. Bumpy Johnson - head of Harlem racketeers, who considers himself the most influential criminal city. He quickly becomes a respected community member. Negotiations proposed by white syndicate boss Lucky Luciano never get under way, blood flows and Johnson gets jailed. Rent Party Dancer as Delphine Mantz.
Despite all his good intentions, he ends up holding a gun on his sibling before literally driving him to his death - an event the significance of which frames the main action of the film in flashback, a typical noir conceit. Johnson has no other choice but to take extreme measures and to seek help from the most powerful gangster in the history of the mafia - Lucky Luciano. Queen also instructs Johnson to avoid any bloodshed. Confrontation between the two major gangs is beginning to gain momentum, and life Bumpy, including personal, out of control. But once on its territory starts to make daring raids criminal gang Dutch Schultz. Edward has little of Lawrence's screen presence, although here the novelty of the casting which recalls the on-screen partnership of the Mitchum brothers in the cult film Thunder Road 1958 makes up for some his gaucheness.
The film focuses on the war of two gangs in 1930s Harlem for the control of illegal gaming - one headed by black strategic godfather Bumpy Johnson and another by white ruthless hothead Dutch Schultz. Cotton Club Dancer as Donna Perkins. Luciano is then pressured by the prosecutor, Thomas Dewey in order to keep Schultz under control. Manager of Pool Hall as John Watson Sr. She declines his offers since she disapproves of all of the violence that Schultz has used to terrorize customers. Hotel Resident as Thomas Evans.
Johnson returns to Harlem to reunite with friends. She asks Johnson to run her business while she is jailed. The result is another tight and tough little film, if not quite on the same level. Yordan, who went on to script such projects as El Cid, was plainly more of an artist than Neumann and Tanchuk, providing the story here. Clair, who heads the numbers racket in competition with the encroaching Italian mobsters. As an actor Tierney can manage a cruel arrogance even when working a petrol pump, while Lubeck's cynical disassocation from his family makes him seem a very modern.
He is also friendly with Stephanie Madam Queen St. Interestingly, almost half the running time of the film has elapsed before he commits his first crime, or even fires a shot. The film is a somewhat historical account of Black gangsters during the 1930s Harlem period. Negotiations proposed by white syndicate boss Lucky Luciano never get under way, blood flows and Johnson gets jailed. The film focuses on the war of two gangs in 1930s Harlem for the control of illegal gaming - one headed by black strategic godfather Bumpy Johnson and another by white ruthless hothead Dutch Schultz. For the rest of the time the hoodlum is brooding, contemplating the raw deal he has been handed, feeling as imprisoned by his humdrum job as no doubt millions of others did and do at the time. The main reason for this is a plot that's less convincing than Yordan's was back in 1945 when the real Dillinger's famously dramatic life provided excellent inspiration.
Bathing Beauty in Pool uncredited. Johnson winds up becoming an enforcer for the Genovese crime family over the Harlem and Bronx territories. Description: The film is set in the thirties of the last century in New York. Another subplot concerns the increasingly troubled relationship with Schultz and Luciano. Rent Party Dancer as Sandra Hodge. Ironically it is Lubeck's mother whose tears soften the heat of his parole board, thereby releasing her vicious son back into circulation. Schultz is friends with the chief of police and arranges for the arrest of Queen on trumped up charges.
Schultz desires to be the boss. His three with Tierney are generally excellent, although hampered by constraints of budget and length. Enrique 'Henry' Miro as Juan A. Negotiations proposed by white syndicate boss Lucky Luciano never get under way, blood flows and Johnson gets jailed. The film is divided between the Mafia war that ensues and the many complicated relationships that Johnson has with the Harlem residents, including his romantic involvement with Francine Hughes, a Red Cross nurse. As Lubeck, the hoodlum just out from jail finding life too dull working in his brother's pump station, Tierney is once again excellent, up to and including the inevitable denouement. By the end, along with society, she inevitably regrets this decision, but her role in obtaining his release means that, in some respect at least, she is responsible for the anti-social acts he performs.
Events are more predictable the anti-hero is even provided with a sentimental death bed scene to weep his belated crocodile tears. Use direct links to download or Watch Online. His determined unrepentance creates a thrusting charisma which both Rosa his brother's girl, whom he briefly seduces, impregnates and discards , the bank manager's secretary and the audience find hard to ignore. When Bumpy is paroled from the Sing Sing facility, the warden becomes impressed by his conduct while incarcerated, but still believes that he has no regret about the murder that he committed. Fortunately Tierney plays this final pay off with little sentimentality, even hiding his face rather than letting the audience see him weaken'.
Also recommended is his British black out thriller The Brighton Strangler, more atmospheric than one might expect, and directed in the same vintage year as Dillinger. War is inevitable, and Bumpy knows that to win over an opponent to be taken of its rules. Dutch Schultz is a Mafioso reporting to Lucky Luciano, but wants to partner with Queen. Its the heist he has planned, with the desperate aftermath, occupies the remainder of the film. Criminal gangs are starting to come out of the shadows, which leads to the beginning of brutal confrontation between gangsters. The Hoodlum 1951 In this sequel to Nosseck's remarkable Dillinger 1945 , real life tough guy Lawrence Tierney reprises his role of a scowling, unredeemable thug he also appeared in the same director's equally hardboiled Kill or Be Killed 1950. In this light her final scene can be seen as much an act of necessary repentence as it is her reconciliation with reality.
However, Schultz's men wind up increasing their violence. The film focuses on the war of two gangs in 1930s Harlem for the control of illegal gaming - one headed by black strategic godfather Bumpy Johnson and another by white ruthless hothead Dutch Schultz. The Hoodlum also boasts a minor first in that Tierney's real life brother Edward appears on screen for the first time, playing Vince's nice-but-dull brother. Hoodlum is a street crime movie that was written by Chris Brancato and directed by Bill Duke. Cotton Club Dancer Rest of cast listed alphabetically:. Nosseck's muscular, ever hard to see films are overdue for reassessment. .