Movie Diary 7/24/2018

The Hoodlum (Max Nosseck, 1951). A very gloomy noir with Lawrence Tierney as a completely sociopathic ex-con who tramples all over his family’s hopes when he plots a bank robbery. The low-budget atmosphere is authentically sordid, and of course Tierney is not redemptible by any plot machinations. There’s melodrama piled high, with an especially big deathbed aria from Tierney’s mom (Lisa Golm), and most of the ideas and attitudes are derivative of countless Warner Bros. crime pictures. Nosseck, an escapee from Nazi Germany, directed Tierney in Dillinger. Co-starring is Edward Tierney, brother of Lawrence, a definitively dull presence.

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