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The Hoodlum Priest (1961)





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The film tells the story of the real life Jesuit priest Reverend C.D. Clark (Don Murray). Clark is responsible for implementing rehabilitation of convicts and improving prison conditions. He consoles a man marked for execution and tries to talk to the doomed man in a language he will understand. As the prisoner enters the gas chamber, Clark gives an inspired speech against the death penalty.
Classics , Drama
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MGM Home Entertainment


Don Murray
as Father Charles Dismas Clark
Keir Dullea
as Billy Lee Jackson
Larry Gates
as Louis Rosen
Cindi Wood
as Ellen Henley
Logan Ramsey
as George Hale
Don Joslyn
as Pio Gentile
Sam Capuano
as Mario Mazziotti
Vincent O'Brien
as Assistant District Attorney
Vince O'Brien
as District Attorney
Al Mack
as Judge Garrity
Alan Mack
as Judge Garrity
Lou Martini
as Angelo Mazziotti
Anthony Norman McKay
as Father Dunne
Joseph Cusanelli
as Hector Sterne
Bill Atwood
as Weasel
Roger Ray
as Detective Shattuck
William Wardord
as District Attorney's Aide
Ralph Peterson
as Governor
Jack Eigen
as A Prisoner
Walter L. Wiedmer
as Father David Michaels
Warren Parker
as Warden
Joe Hamilton
as Prison Chaplain
Louise Martini
as Angelo Mazziotti
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Wears its heart on its collar.

Full Review… | January 28, 2009
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Knowing that this film is based on the life of a real man made this film come alive for me. What an admirable and difficult conviction, to sacrifice so much for people who don't appreciate it, and even abuse you for it, but continuing onward nonetheless. Truly inspiring.

Justin Storms
Justin Storms

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