Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)

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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 ...
Myrna Dell ...
Victor Lundin ...
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)
Rex Holman ...
Lloyd (as Roye Baker)
Eric Morris ...
Byron Foulger ...
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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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 »


Lou, Kelly's Girl: [Ma grabs Lou's mink wrap, throws it on the ground and shoots it] Well why did you do that?!
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Thought I saw it move and I didn't want it to bite you.
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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »


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Low budget schlock, but...
19 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I agree -- it was low budget schlock at its worst -- but I enjoyed it! I enjoyed seeing a Young Don Grady (of TV's My Three Sons fame) as one of the kids in the beginning of the film...Lurene Tuttle was quite 'campy' in her portrayal of 'Ma.' I only knew her from her days as the older nurse on the late 1960's TV series 'Julia' (starring Diahann Carroll).

I'll tell you how much I enjoyed this picture, I had gone to see a movie based on a Tony Award winning play earlier in the day, something that I had been looking forward to seeing, but I was thoroughly disenchanted and disgusted with it.

At least, with 'Ma', I did not expect HIGH expectations of it, but I enjoyed it!

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