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The Hoodlum Saint (1946)

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 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

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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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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $300 Terry pays to get his three pals out of jail would equate to $4,460 in 2017. See more »

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

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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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A major waste of William Powell's considerable talents
9 November 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The only reason I watched this film was for William Powell. He's one of my favorite MGM leading men and he usually is so charming and charismatic that he can make any ordinary film shine,...except, perhaps, this one!!! I should have just trusted the Maltin Guide--after all, it said that apart from Powell it was a bad film. But, being a fan, I unfortunately watched this very convoluted and sappy mess.

The film's biggest problem is that the plot just seems to have 1001 loose ends to the plot. Again and again, the film just looks very incomplete and the pieces seem disjoint and there is no overall vision for the film. We have some assorted "mugs" thrown in for comic relief, Powell's character who is sometimes a nice guy and other times a thoughtless jerk, an ultra-sappy plot about some patron saint of thieves (it is PAINFULLY BAD), Esther Williams who is radiant but her part is flat and one-dimensional, we have the other woman (Angela Lansbury) who sings with a voice that isn't even close to being her real voice (I think Louis Armstrong's wouldn't have been any less convincing) and a plot that is just plain dull and meandering. There is no pay-off for all this--just a dull as dishwater film.


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