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Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)

 -  Action | Biography | Crime  -  May 1958 (USA)
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Machine-Gun Kelly, the famous bank robber, seldom without his Thompson machine gun. The story opens with great jazzy music and a murder shown in shadows. His moll is the driving force ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Susan Cabot ...
Florence 'Flo' Becker
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Michael Fandango
Richard Devon ...
Apple
Jack Lambert ...
Howard
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Harry
Connie Gilchrist ...
'Ma' Becker
Wally Campo ...
Maize
Barboura Morris ...
Lynn Grayson
Lori Martin ...
Sherryl Vito (as Dawn Menzer)
George Archambeault ...
Frank
Robert Griffin ...
Mr. Andrew Vito
Michael Fox ...
Detective Clinton
Larry Thor ...
Detective Drummond
Shirley Falls ...
Martha
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Machine-Gun Kelly, the famous bank robber, seldom without his Thompson machine gun. The story opens with great jazzy music and a murder shown in shadows. His moll is the driving force behind his exploits. He has an exaggerated fear of death and death symbols. The sight of a coffin makes him freeze during a bank job, causing his lieutenant to lose his arm. Finally, the gang kidnaps a little girl along with her nurse and hold them for ransom. Written by alfiehitchie

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Without His Gun He Was Naked Yellow!


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May 1958 (USA)  »

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Machine Gun Kelly  »

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$100,000 (estimated)
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George Kelly's other nickname, other than Machine Gun Kelly, was, to his friends, Popgun Kelly. See more »

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Referenced in Screwballs (1983) See more »

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Corman takes the gangster genre beyond film noir, finally
16 December 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

A unique crime story -- a small-time thief (Bronson) is turned into a legend by his tough-as-nails moll (Cabot). "Machine Gun" robs a chain of banks and finally turns his ambitions to kidnapping -- hounded all the way by a compulsive fear of death. The photography by Crosby is elegant, the acting of the lead pair and the supporting cast are all pretty much dead-on. A tight, efficient telling of a memorable tale, peopled with all sorts of interesting characters (the gas station owner/accomplice who keeps a deadly menagerie behind the garage, Cabot's mom who keeps telling Kelly what a disappointment he is because he hasn't broken into the "big time", etc.).

Interestingly, this film takes the gangster genre beyond film noir (finally, after 3 decades) by making his characters not only self-loathing but WORTHY of self-loathing!

One of Corman's very best films as a director.


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