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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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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: Are you offering any cash?
Machine Gun Kelly: Of course we are. Lou figured we'd pay about-
Lou, Kelly's Girl: [interrupts] Not one red cent!
Machine Gun Kelly: But honey you said 50 grand.
Lou, Kelly's Girl: That was before we found Ma alone.
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: I never heard of such a thing! Trying to steal another mob's kidnap, why, it ain't honest!
Machine Gun Kelly: You're in no spot to refuse Ma.
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Do you want to gamble on that?
Machine Gun Kelly: Can you beat four of a kind?
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Depends on how big they are.
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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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Ignore that the film is a historical mess--just enjoy it for its nutty performances.
17 December 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Ma Barker's Killer Brood" is a bad film. Most of the exploits of Ma Barker and her boys in this film are complete fiction. The gang did not have parties attended by all the most-wanted criminals (Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly and many others). Additionally, the writing and characterizations were far from subtle. Yet, despite being a bad film, it has a certain kitschy quality that makes it fun viewing. I am pretty sure that Lurene Tuttle had a grand time acting as the leading lady!! In many ways, I think this film was an inspiration to John Waters, as you see a lot of Divine in this film. Don't believe me? Try watching "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble" and you'll see what I mean. Herein lies the beauty of the film. It never strives for accuracy but instead tries very, very hard to be loud, outlandish and ridiculous--and VERY enjoyable. Although I gave the film a 5, it IS a must-see for bad movie freaks!

By the way, in a case of interesting casting, look of future "My Three Sons" actor Don Grady as a member of this hellish clan!

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