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Melvin Purvis G-MAN (1974)

Not Rated | | Action, Biography, Crime | TV Movie 9 April 1974
Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.

Director:

Dan Curtis

Writers:

John Milius (story), John Milius (teleplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dale Robertson ... Melvin Purvis
Harris Yulin ... George 'Machine Gun' Kelly
Dick Sargent ... Thatcher Covington
Margaret Blye ... 'Kate' Katherine Ryan-Kelly
Matt Clark ... Charles 'Charlie' Parlmetter
David Canary ... 'Gene' Eugene T. Farber
Elliott Street ... Thomas 'Buckwheat' Longaker
John Karlen ... 'Tony' Anthony Redecci
Steve Kanaly ... Sam Cowley
Woodrow Parfrey ... Nash Covington
Jim Hill Jim Hill ... 'Jim' J. D. Longaker
Don Megowan ... Hamburger Stand Man
Hank Rolike ... Shoe Shine Man
Eddie Quillan ... Hotel Clerk
Max Kleven Max Kleven ... Purvis' Driver
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Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.

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A speeding car chase through the tommy-gun '30s


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1974 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

G-Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Lockeford, California, USA See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Steve Kanaly, who plays FBI Agent Sam Cowley in this film, played "Pretty Boy" Floyd in Dillinger (1973). Both films were written by John Milius (he also directed "Dillinger"). See more »

Goofs

When the gang members stop for fuel, while driving the Rolls Royce, the gas pump says "Contains Lead". Though required at the time of the production 1970s, this warning was not in an existence during the film's time period of the 1930s. See more »

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Enjoyable Toned Down Gangster Film
8 July 2012 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

Agent Melvin Purvis (Dale Robertson) is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly (Harris Yulin), and sets out to do just that.

I have been on a gangster kick lately, watching the films I could on Dillinger, Pretty Boy, Bonnie and Clyde and others. When I saw this was directed by Dan Curtis, I just had to add it to the list. I am not sure how well known he was at the time, but today is is something of a legend.

It is also interesting that this was written by John Milius, the same man who wrote "Dillinger". He apparently recycled some of the script, most noticeably the scene where Purvis is referred to as a G-Man for the first time. I would love to see clips back to back with that scene from both films -- delivered in such a similar way by two very different actors.

Harris Yulin recalls Dan Curtis being someone who was light on direction and was more concerned with getting the right casting. Yulin initially had a smaller role, but was able to step up to Machine Gun Kelly when the first choice, Geoffrey Lewis, became unavailable.

The violence of this film is not nearly on the level it is in "Dillinger", but that makes it neither better or worse. Just different. Both films are an interesting take on Purvis' career. Both inflated, of course, but interesting.


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