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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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Bullet-blistering story of America's No. 1 Female Gangster! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Machine Gun Kelly: Look friend, no one puts the rush on Machine Gun Kelly's girl.
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Now, now, Kelly. You want to shoot it out with Johnny Dillinger you better go outside. Don't you go messin' around on my new furniture.
[Dillinger laughs at Kelly's shocked face]
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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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Low budget schlock, but...
19 February 2007 | by wjrprezhistorianSee all my reviews

I agree -- it was low budget schlock at its worst -- but I enjoyed it! I enjoyed seeing a Young Don Grady (of TV's My Three Sons fame) as one of the kids in the beginning of the film...Lurene Tuttle was quite 'campy' in her portrayal of 'Ma.' I only knew her from her days as the older nurse on the late 1960's TV series 'Julia' (starring Diahann Carroll).

I'll tell you how much I enjoyed this picture, I had gone to see a movie based on a Tony Award winning play earlier in the day, something that I had been looking forward to seeing, but I was thoroughly disenchanted and disgusted with it.

At least, with 'Ma', I did not expect HIGH expectations of it, but I enjoyed it!


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