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Hoodlum Empire

Posted by martinteller on November 19, 2011

Senate committee hearings investigating the gambling rackets threaten the reputation of a former gangster gone good.  Capitalizing on the Kefauver hearings, this is a pretty dull story with pretty dull characters and a messy, tedious flashback structure.  None of the performances light up the screen, even Brian Donlevy and Claire Trevor are rather disappointing.  The script is corny and clichéd, the execution of it is uninspired.  Nothing about the film is outright horrible, but there’s no reason to recommend it.  Rating: Poor


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