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Baby Face Nelson (1957)

George "Babyface" Nelson becomes one of the most important gangsters of 1930's Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone he allies himself with John Dillinger...

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George "Babyface" Nelson becomes one of the most important gangsters of 1920s Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone he allies himself with John Dillinger... Written by Volker Boehm

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More vicious than Little Caesar! More savage than Scarface! More brutal than Dillinger! The "baby-face b butcher" who lined 'em up -- chopped 'em down -- and terrorized a nation! See more »


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4 April 1958 (Japan)  »

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$175,000 (estimated)
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The notorious "Lady in Red", who lured John Dillinger to the theater where he was shot and killed by the FBI, was named Anna Sage. Before production of this film started, it was not known if Sage were still alive--she had been deported to her native Romania shortly after the incident--and the producers didn't want to use her real name without her permission for fear of being sued if she were indeed alive. So they named her "Ann Saper"--which was the maiden name of director Don Siegel's mother. See more »

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The movie is portraying 1933, but the open scenes you see a metropolitan city that is far more modern and developed than the cities of 1933. See more »

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Referenced in Kojak: Secret Snow, Deadly Snow (1975) See more »

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I'm So In Love With You
by Mickey Rooney & Harold Spina
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Any similarity to actual persons is purely coincidental!
24 February 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the late 1950s and early 60s, 1930s gangsters were the rage. In addition to the TV show "The Untouchables", there were a lot of films that practically made heroes out of Dillinger, Ma Barker and other unsavory jerks of the era. One thing these depictions all had in common...they bore little semblance to the actual criminals! Why? Because their real life exploits weren't all that exciting...so they spiced it up by fictionalizing their lives--much like films of the 1930s and 40s did with cowboys like Billy the Kid and Jesse James. So, if you are looking for a history lesson or documentary about Baby Face Nelson, you should not bother with this movie.

If you don't mind that it's almost complete fiction, the film is modestly entertaining. Mickey Rooney's portrayal of the man is much like Jimmy Cagney's portrayal of Cody Jarrett in "White Heat"...completely over the top and more a caricature than realistic portrayal of anyone. This isn't so much a complaint...this is entertaining but it's hard to imagine anyone this antisocial and nasty being a successful gangster or working with any gang. This version of Nelson shoots people right and left, hates EVERYONE and is just plain nuts. The only problem with all this is that there is no room for anyone else in the film...even Dillinger! These other characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting. Overall, a dopey but enjoyable film. It has many faults but still makes for fun viewing if you have very, very modest expectations.


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