The Hoodlum Priest (1961) - Rotten Tomatoes

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.


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
Joseph Cusanelli
as Hector Sterne
Roger Ray
as Detective Shattuck
William Wardord
as District Attorney's Aide
Jack Eigen
as A Prisoner
Walter L. Wiedmer
as Father David Michaels
Joe Hamilton
as Prison Chaplain
Louise Martini
as Angelo Mazziotti
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Critic Reviews for The Hoodlum Priest

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Despite its faults, however, The Hoodlum Priest makes its plea, dedication and story strongly felt.

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…

It is a case of the whole justifying its parts. The moving parts are erratic, but the machine does its job.

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…

The film generates both sympathy and concern.

February 11, 2020 | Full Review…

Wears its heart on its collar.

February 11, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Don Murray expertly portrays Father Clark in this largely factual suspense drama, which powerfully stirs the emotions without ever resorting to maudlin religiosity.

October 31, 2019 | Full Review…

Rather improbable but ofttimes likable.

January 28, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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