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The Hoodlum (July 5, 1951)

Lawrence Tierney
 

Released on July 5, 1951: (running time 62 minutes) A habitual criminal plans a bank heist that will give him riches forever.

Directed by Max Nosseck

The Actors: Lawrence Tierney (Vincent Lubeck), Allene Roberts (Rosa), Marjorie Riordan (Eileen), Lisa Golm (Mrs. Lubeck), Edward Tierney (Johnny Lubeck), Stuart Randall (Police Leutenant Burdick), Angela Stevens (Christie Lang, gangster moll), John De Simone (Marty Connell, gangster), Tom Hubbard (Police Sergeant Schmidt), Eddie Foster (Mickey Sessions, henchman), O.Z. Whitehead (Breckenridge, funeral director), Richard Barron (Eddie Bright, henchman), Rudy Rama (Harry Hill, henchman), William H. O'Brien (morgue attendant), Gene Roth (prison warden Stevens)

 

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The Brothers, The Bank Heist, and Dying in the Dump

Most of the legendary motion picture bad-guy gangsters were happy and loving people off screen. In 1973, at the age of 54, Lawrence Tierney, the leading hoodlum in this gangster adventure was stabbed in a bar during a fight with another customer. That same year he was questioned by the police about a woman who fell to her death from her apartment window. Lawrence claimed that he had just stopped in for a friendly visit when she suddenly jumped to her death.

Newspaper articles tell the stories of tossing a sugar bowl into the face of a restaurant waiter, kicking a college student during a fight hard enough to break his jaw, being arrested for shoplifting, and trying to beat up a cab driver who only wanted to be paid for the trip.

In 1991 he was given a roll on an episode of the popular television sit-com Seinfeld. His job was to act as the father of Elaine, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. The plan was for Lawrence to become a recurring cast member as Elaine’s father. During the filming Jerry Seinfeld watched as he secretly stole a butcher knife from the kitchen set, hiding it in his clothing.

Jerry Seinfeld calmly walked over to the actor and asked him casually what he had in his pocket. Knowing he was busted, Lawrence pulled out the butcher knife and began waving it around, trying to make a joke of it. Unfortunately, because of his many odd actions during filming, this was to be his one and only appearance on the show. Julia Louis-Dreyfus later said that he was a total nut job, and Jason Alexander, the George Costanza character, said that he scared the living crap out of the whole crew while filming that episode.

In this adventure he is a habitual criminal being paroled into the custody of his mother and his brother. His brother in this movie is his real brother, Edward Tierney, who tries to give Lawrence a fresh start as a gasoline station attendant. The attempt to make Lawrence a good guy didn’t work in real life, or in this adventure. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Allene Roberts
Allene Roberts
Allene Roberts, Edward Tierney
Allene Roberts, Edward Tierney
Angela Stevens
Angela Stevens
Edward Tierney
Edward Tierney
Edward Tierney
Edward Tierney
Edward Tierney
Edward Tierney
Gene Roth
Gene Roth
Gene Roth, Lawrence Tierney
Gene Roth, Lawrence Tierney
John De Simone, Angela Stevens
John De Simone, Angela Stevens
John De Simone, Angela Stevens
John De Simone, Angela Stevens
Lawrence Tierney
Lawrence Tierney
Lawrence Tierney, Edward Tierney
Lawrence Tierney, Edward Tierney
Lawrence Tierney, Marjorie Riordan
Lawrence Tierney, Marjorie Riordan
Lawrence Tierney
Lawrence Tierney
Lawrence Tierney
Lawrence Tierney
Lisa Golm
Lisa Golm
Stuart Randall, Lawrence Tierney
Stuart Randall, Lawrence Tierney
Lisa Golm, Lawrence Tierney
Lisa Golm, Lawrence Tierney
Lisa Golm
Lisa Golm
Marjorie Riordan
Marjorie Riordan
Marjorie Riordan, Lawrence Tierney
Marjorie Riordan, Lawrence Tierney
O.Z. Whitehead
O.Z. Whitehead
Russell Custer
Russell Custer