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Machine-Gun Kelly (1958)

Unrated | | Action, Biography, Crime | May 1958 (USA)
The criminal exploits of Public Enemy number 1, George 'Machine-Gun' Kelly, during the 1930s.



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Cast overview:
Florence 'Flo' Becker
Michael Fandango
Harry (as Frank De Kova)
Connie Gilchrist ...
'Ma' Becker
Wally Campo ...
Barboura Morris ...
Lynn Grayson
Sherryl Vito (as Dawn Menzer)
George Archambeault ...
Robert Griffin ...
Mr. Andrew Vito
Michael Fox ...
Detective Clinton
Larry Thor ...
Detective Drummond
Shirley Falls ...


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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Release Date:

May 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Machine Gun Kelly  »

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$100,000 (estimated)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


When this film was re-released in France in 1963, Charles Bronson's voice was dubbed into French by Marcel Bozzuffi. Ten years later Bronson and Bozzuffi worked together in the film Chino (1973). See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits: THE TITLE CHARACTER UPON WHICH THIS STORY IS BASED IS TRUE. The other characters, all events and firms, depicted are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons living or dead is purely coincidental. See more »


Referenced in Screwballs (1983) See more »

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9 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Machine Gun Kelly (1958)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Low budget gangster film has Charles Bronson playing the title character, a harden criminal who always has his Thompson machine gun in hand but he also has a fear of being killed. This Roger Corman quickie is pretty good throughout, although the film really doesn't offer anything new the to the genre. The movie moves at a pretty fast pace and contains plenty of action to keep fans entertained. The most interesting thing about watching this movie today is seeing the young Bronson give a performance, which he certainly wouldn't give after becoming a star. If you've only seen Bronson's later day stuff then you're in for a treat as we see a different type of Bronson here. A fast talker, one that smiles and even one who flirts with the ladies. This adds a little more charm to the film that I'm sure it didn't have back when it was originally released. Susan Cabot is very good as Bronson's girlfriend, a dirty little girl who doesn't mind looking at other men. The action is very good throughout and the film has a great music score but I wish it had tried something a little different every once in a while. The best moments in the film are the ones with Bronson messing with a caged lion.

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