5.5/10
200
9 user 4 critic

Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 3 February 1960 (USA)
Ma Barker and her four sons terrorize the 1930s South and Midwest with a string of kidnappings, robberies and murders, and even get to work with such famous criminals as John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.

Director:

Bill Karn

Writer:

F. Paul Hall (screenplay)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Bloody Mama (1970)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A psychologically-disturbed matriarch presides over her damaged family of bank-robbing misfits.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Shelley Winters, Don Stroud, Pat Hingle
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Starting with a violent prison break, clever, ruthless Ralph Cotter corrupts everyone around him.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: James Cagney, Barbara Payton, Helena Carter
Time Table (1956)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In Arizona, a train's baggage car is robbed of a large payroll, prompting an investigation led by a railroad official-insurance investigator team.

Director: Mark Stevens
Stars: Mark Stevens, King Calder, Felicia Farr
'Sheba, Baby' (1975)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A Chicago private detective returns back home to Louisville, Kentucky, to help her father fight mobsters.

Director: William Girdler
Stars: Pam Grier, Austin Stoker, D'Urville Martin
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
D.O.A. (1949)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Frank Bigelow, told he's been poisoned and has only a few days to live, tries to find out who killed him and why.

Director: Rudolph Maté
Stars: Edmond O'Brien, Pamela Britton, Luther Adler
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Two beatniks get their kicks by dealing drugs and violence.

Director: Julian Roffman
Stars: Barbara Lord, Jack Betts, Peter Falk
The Leopard (1963)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.

Director: Luchino Visconti
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale
Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1845 Texas, a Louisiana belle is courted by a wanted Spanish nobleman and a Texas brawling gunrunner but her suitors' passionate duel is interrupted by the cavalry and a Comanche attack.

Director: Michael Gordon
Stars: Dean Martin, Alain Delon, Rosemary Forsyth
Great Guns (1941)
Comedy | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Laurel and Hardy join the army. They are hardly soldiers, but they believe their employer will need them now he's drafted.

Director: Monty Banks
Stars: Stan Laurel, Oliver Hardy, Sheila Ryan
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A composite of three re-edited episodes from the 1952 TV series, Gangbusters, released to theatres in 1957 as a feature film. Gang Busters (1954) was a similar effort.

Directors: Richard C. Kahn, Bill Karn
Stars: Myron Healey, Jean Harvey, Paul Dubov
Impact (1949)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Director: Arthur Lubin
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Ella Raines, Charles Coburn
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lurene Tuttle ... Ma Barker
Tristram Coffin ... Arthur Dunlop (as Tristam Coffin)
Paul Dubov ... Alvin Karpis
Nelson Leigh ... George Barker
Myrna Dell ... Lou
Victor Lundin ... Machine Gun Kelly (as Vic Lundin)
Don Grady ... Herman - as a Boy
Gary Ammann Gary Ammann ... Doc - as a Boy
Donald Towers Donald Towers ... Lloyd - as a Boy
Michael Smith Michael Smith ... Fred - as a Boy
Don Spruance Don Spruance ... Herman (as Donald Spruance)
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Doc (as Ronald Foster)
Rex Holman ... Lloyd (as Roye Baker)
Eric Morris ... Fred
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Guelffe
Edit

Storyline

From dust-bowl days in Oklahoma to an opulent Florida hideout under siege, Ma Barker (Lurene Tuttle of "Psycho"), leads her sons astray while maintaining a consultation sideline for the likes of John Dillinger, Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis, Baby Face Nelson and Machine Gun Kelly. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

she taught and trained her four sons to be criminals! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die gnadenlosen Killer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Screen Classics Inc. See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1961 by the BBFC and has yet to receive a release. See more »

Goofs

Although set in the mid-1930s, one of the cars parked on the street in front of a bank that is to be robbed is a 1955 Chevy. See more »

Quotes

Avery: [Standing over Ma Baker's dead body] If you didn't know the old witch, you'd swear she was just somebody's sweet old grandmother.
Baxter: Yeah, like the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood.
See more »

Connections

Version of Queen of the Mob (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Joe Carew
by Ama Lou Barnes
Sung by Ginny Barry and Rex Holman (as Roye Baker)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Ignore that the film is a historical mess--just enjoy it for its nutty performances.
17 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Ma Barker's Killer Brood" is a bad film. Most of the exploits of Ma Barker and her boys in this film are complete fiction. The gang did not have parties attended by all the most-wanted criminals (Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly and many others). Additionally, the writing and characterizations were far from subtle. Yet, despite being a bad film, it has a certain kitschy quality that makes it fun viewing. I am pretty sure that Lurene Tuttle had a grand time acting as the leading lady!! In many ways, I think this film was an inspiration to John Waters, as you see a lot of Divine in this film. Don't believe me? Try watching "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble" and you'll see what I mean. Herein lies the beauty of the film. It never strives for accuracy but instead tries very, very hard to be loud, outlandish and ridiculous--and VERY enjoyable. Although I gave the film a 5, it IS a must-see for bad movie freaks!

By the way, in a case of interesting casting, look of future "My Three Sons" actor Don Grady as a member of this hellish clan!


7 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed