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The Hoodlum Saint (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Music | 4 April 1946 (USA)
A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding... See full summary »

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Norman Taurog
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Powell ... Terence Ellerton 'Terry' O'Neill
Esther Williams ... Kay Lorrison
Angela Lansbury ... Dusty Millard
James Gleason ... Snarp
Lewis Stone ... Father Nolan
Rags Ragland ... Fishface
Frank McHugh ... Three Finger
Slim Summerville ... Eel
Roman Bohnen ... Father O'Doul
Charles Arnt ... Cy Nolan - O'Neill's Secretary
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
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Storyline

A former reporter comes back home after serving in the army during World War I and finds that it's much more difficult to find work than he expected. Desperate, one day he crashes a wedding attended by many of the city's rich and powerful, meets a beautiful girl named Kay who turns out to be his ticket to meeting those rich and powerful people, and he soon manages to land a job on a newspaper. He gets caught up in the "make money at all costs" game, but receives a rude awakening when the stock market crashes in 1929. The Depression's lows uncovers new plateaus this Vet couldn't foresee while raking in the big bucks. Spiritual nudges helps Our Man to finally see the light that money can't buy everything, especially the love and happiness he's been searching for. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Was it the society beauty or the night club singer? (Title lobby card).

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Drama | Music

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oro en el barro See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,918,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film bombed at the box office, resulting in a loss of $918,000 ($12.4M in 2017) for MGM according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

During conversations in automobiles, rear-screen projection shows 1940s era cars, long after time story took place. See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Angela Lansbury: A Balancing Act (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

If I Had You
(uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Ted Shapiro, Jimmy Campbell and Reginald Connelly
Sung by Angela Lansbury (dubbed by Doreen Tryden)
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Doesn't really come together
11 February 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The idea was interesting, and while it was somewhat odd to see them together due to their performing styles being so completely different from one another William Powell, Esther Williams, Angela Lansbury and James Gleason were highly talented performers and always watchable.

All have done much better work than 'The Hoodlum Saint', both in terms of performances and in films. 'The Hoodlum Saint' has its moments and redeeming values but it doesn't really come together, feeling disjointed for want of a word. It's very nicely shot in black and white, and hauntingly scored. The songs performed by Angela Lansbury (though dubbed very well by Doreen Tryden, though it was a strange decision as Lansbury is a more than capable singer.

While the acting was a mixed bag on the whole, Lansbury really enlivens the proceedings in a charmingly perky performance and comes off best in the cast. James Gleason looks as though he was enjoying himself thoroughly, as does Frank McHugh.

Powell was a great actor but this is not one of his best performances, he has been more engaged before and since and is somewhat too clean cut for a role requiring a rougher edge. Williams is cast against type, but while she is radiant it is a rather bland performance in a one-dimensional role. The chemistry isn't there, and Norman Taurog's direction is often mechanical.

Scripting is pretty witless and dreary, but it is the story that is 'The Hoodlum Saint's' biggest failure. It's dully paced, with a good deal of convolution and situations resolved too easily. Tone is an issue too, starting with a more comedic touch and then abruptly shifting into drama and it feels like a completely different film and comes over as disjointed.

All in all, certainly not unwatchable and worth a one-time watch for curiosity's sake but doesn't really come together. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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