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Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)

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.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur Dunlop (as Tristam Coffin)
Paul Dubov ...
Machine Gun Kelly (as Vic Lundin)
Herman - as a Boy
Gary Ammann ...
Doc - as a Boy
Donald Towers ...
Lloyd - as a Boy
Michael Smith ...
Fred - as a Boy
Don Spruance ...
Herman (as Donald Spruance)
Ron Foster ...
Doc (as Ronald Foster)
Lloyd (as Roye Baker)
Eric Morris ...
Dr. Guelffe


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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Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

3 February 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gnadenlosen Killer  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1961 by the BBFC and has yet to receive a release. See more »


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 »


Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Show him boys
George Barker: Where did you get these?
Fred as a Boy: Out of the collection plate.
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Without anyone being the wiser. That took guts!
George Barker: How long has this been going on?
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Oh a couple of weeks. It was their own idea. I thought it was kinda cute.
Doc as a Boy: Pretty slick, eh Pop?
George Barker: What kind of mother are you?! Letting your sons steal from church!
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Not letting them, George, encouraging them.
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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »


Little Joe Carew
by Ama Lou Barnes
Sung by Ginny Barry and Rex Holman (as Roye Baker)
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A wacky, bloody romp!
2 June 2003 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This film is terrific fun! It makes up for its tiny budget with wild, over-the-top performances (Lurene Tuttle was sweet-voiced Effie on the Sam Spade radio show...WHAT a DIFFERENCE!), extreme violence (one part where they set a guy on fire gets shown TWICE!) and goofy, quotable dialogue.

This is the kind of movie The Addams Family would watch with their kids.

With these things in mind, viewers looking for an accurate, historical picture will be disoriented, or at least disappointed. This is definitely not a good source for American History term papers. It is intended as a source for giggly thrills, and is a good one.

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