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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)
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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
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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

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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the armored car robbery set in Depression era, 1950's cars can be spotted on the nearby freeway, and the getaway car passes a parking lot full of cars not sold for 25 years. 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.
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Connections

Version of Public Enemies (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Joe Carew
by Ama Lou Barnes
Sung by Ginny Barry and Rex Holman (as Roye Baker)
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A wacky, bloody romp!
2 June 2003 | by PaulCurtSee all my reviews

This film is terrific fun! It makes up for its tiny budget with wild, over-the-top performances (Lurene Tuttle was sweet-voiced Effie on the Sam Spade radio show...WHAT a DIFFERENCE!), extreme violence (one part where they set a guy on fire gets shown TWICE!) and goofy, quotable dialogue.

This is the kind of movie The Addams Family would watch with their kids.

With these things in mind, viewers looking for an accurate, historical picture will be disoriented, or at least disappointed. This is definitely not a good source for American History term papers. It is intended as a source for giggly thrills, and is a good one.


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