Hoodlum Empire

Hoodlum Empire is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by Joseph Kane starring Brian Donlevy, Claire Trevor, Forrest Tucker, Vera Ralston, Luther Adler and John Russell.[1] It was inspired by the Kefauver Committee hearings dealing with organized crime.[2]

Hoodlum Empire
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Kane
Produced byHerbert J. Yates
Screenplay byBruce Manning
Bob Considine
Story byBob Considine
StarringBrian Donlevy
Claire Trevor
Forrest Tucker
Vera Ralston
Luther Adler
John Russell
Music byNathan Scott
CinematographyReggie Lanning
Edited byRichard L. Van Enger
Republic Pictures
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • April 15, 1952 (1952-04-15) (United States)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States


Former gangster Joe Gray (Russell) joined the army during World War II and became a hero is now leading a respectable life. When he is called before a grand jury to testify against organized crime activities, his former mobster colleagues prepare to take measures to ensure that he doesn't.



  1. Hoodlum Empire at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  2. Dickos, Andrew (2002). Street with No Name: A History of the Classic American Film Noir. The University Press of Kentucky. p. 204. ISBN 978-0813122434.

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