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Hoodlum Saint
     

The Hoodlum Saint

Director: Norman Taurog, William Powell, Esther Williams, Angela Lansbury

Cast: Norman Taurog, William Powell, Esther Williams, Angela Lansbury

 
William Powell plays a cynical con man who graduates from penny-ante operations to a big-time charity racket. The scam involves collecting money on behalf of St. Dismas, bringing Powell in close contact with several men of the cloth. As the racket rolls on, Powell is touched by the sincerity of the religious men and the plights of the

Overview

William Powell plays a cynical con man who graduates from penny-ante operations to a big-time charity racket. The scam involves collecting money on behalf of St. Dismas, bringing Powell in close contact with several men of the cloth. As the racket rolls on, Powell is touched by the sincerity of the religious men and the plights of the charity's rightful recipients. He has a change of heart, confessing his original criminal intentions but seeing to it that the money goes to the right people. Hoodlum Saint was typical of the facile religiosity often found in MGM pictures of the period. The film is best remembered as the first non-aquatic performance of MGM swimming star Esther Williams.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The Hoodlum Saint is an interesting picture for William Powell fans, who get to see their hero play a part that is decidedly on the shady side. True, he does get redeemed by the end of the picture, but before that he spends much of the picture essentially bilking people to contribute to a fake charity that really only benefits himself and his cronies. Powell really seems to enjoy the chance for this change of pace part, and he's certainly got the talent to pull it off -- which is a good thing, because the screenplay keeps vacillating about both the story and the degree of goodness/badness within the main character, weakening the film's impact. The "finding religion" ending also doesn't quite wash; it's not that such a thing doesn't or couldn't happen, but it feels like it has been forced on to the story rather than happening naturally. Norman Taurog's direction is efficient and to the point, but also a trifle mechanical, and he's not able to help leading lady Esther Williams turn in more than a serviceable performance. Angela Lansbury comes off considerably better, but not as well as James Gleason and Frank McHugh. Ray June's cinematography is also a plus, and very helpful in creating atmosphere and sustaining dramatic tension.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/22/2015
UPC:
0883316799307
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:32:00
Sales rank:
14,725

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Powell Terry Ellerton O'Neill
Esther Williams May Lorrison
Angela Lansbury Dusty Millard
James Gleason Sharp
Lewis Stone Father Nolan
Rags Ragland Fishface
Frank McHugh Three-Finger
George "Slim" Summerville Eel
Roman Bohnen Father O'Doul
Louis Jean Heydt Mike Flaherty
Charles Trowbridge Uncle Joe Lorrison
Henry O'Neill Lewis J. Malbery
William "Bill" Phillips Dave Fernby
Matt Moore Father Duffy
Trevor Bardette Rabbi Meyerberg
Addison Richards Reverend Miller
Mary Gordon Trina
Ernest Anderson Sam
Charles D. Brown Ed Collner
Stanley Andrews Chronicle Publisher
Charley Bates Johnny's Brother
Margaret Bert Secretary
Paul E. Burns Mr. Smith
Budd Buster Jitney Driver
Stanley Blystone Cop at Employment Office
Charles Arnt Cy Nolan
Jack Cheatham Jailer
Betty Blythe Woman
Frances McInerney Pert Secretary
Ruth Robinson Mrs. Cohn
Dwayne Hickman Johnny Ryan
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Muggs
Will Wright Allan Smith
George Carleton Apartment Manager
Joe Devlin Bartender
Byron Foulger J. Cornwall Travers
Tom Coleman Reporter in Utility Offices
Harry Denny Elevator Man
Chester Conklin Cop
Charles Judels Waiter Captain
Harry Hayden Mr. Samuels
William B. Davidson Annoyed Man
Fred Nurney Big Jim Banby
Russell Hicks Marty Martindale
Leila McIntyre Mrs. Ryan
Peggy O'Neill Cigarette Girl
Emma Dunn Maggie
Eddie Dunn Gateman
Hope Landin Mae, the Spinster
Al Murphy Benny
Paul Langton Burton Kinston
Georges Renavent Jeweler
Robert E. O'Connor Conductor
Forbes Murray Rich Man
Jack Norton Drunk
Tom Dugan Buggsy
William Newell Waiter
Tim Murdock Bridal Couple
Charles Wagenheim Mr. Cohn
Robert Emmett Keane Doctor
Garry Owen Cop
George Sherwood Well-Dressed Pool Player
Frank Orth Chronicle Editor
John Valentine Man Servant
Rhea Mitchell Reporter
Fred "Snowflake" Toones Pullman Porter
Nolan Leary Actor
Jack Daley Actor
Harry Tenbrook Actor
Jack Davis Actor
John George Actor
Karin [Katharine] Booth Actor
George Bunny Actor
Phil Friedman Actor
Tom Leffingwell Actor
Thomas P. Dillon Actor
Roger Cole Actor
Roy Butler Actor
Jessie Arnold Actor
Lucille Casey Actor
Henry Sylvester Actor
Robert Thom Actor
Al Thompson Actor
Joan Thorsen Actor
Phil Dunham Actor
Lucille Curtis Actor
Sarah Edwards Actor
Helen Eby-Rock Actor
Fred Somers Actor
Aileen Haley Actor
Alice Wallace Actor
Marilyn Kinsley Actor
Beryl McCutcheon Actor
Mary Jane French Actor
Connie Weiler Actor
William Eddritt Actor
Charles Griffin Actor
James Darrell Actor
Leonard Mellin Actor
Hansel Warner Actor

Technical Credits
Norman Taurog Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
James H. Hill Screenwriter
Ray June Cinematographer
Herwood Keyes Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry McAfee Art Director
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Cliff Reid Producer
Irene Sharaff Costumes/Costume Designer
Nathaniel Shilkret Score Composer
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Wead Screenwriter
Ferris Webster Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Hoodlum Saint
1. Chapter 1 [7:58]
2. Chapter 2 [6:20]
3. Chapter 3 [9:58]
4. Chapter 4 [8:33]
5. Chapter 5 [7:06]
6. Chapter 6 [9:34]
7. Chapter 7 [6:27]
8. Chapter 8 [8:16]
9. Chapter 9 [7:44]
10. Chapter 10 [8:42]
11. Chapter 11 [7:21]
12. Chapter 12 [3:56]

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