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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

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Arthur Dunlop (as Tristam Coffin)
Paul Dubov ...
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Lou
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Machine Gun Kelly (as Vic Lundin)
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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)
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Lloyd (as Roye Baker)
Eric Morris ...
Fred
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Dr. Guelffe
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Storyline

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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True! Authentic! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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3 February 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gnadenlosen Killer  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Doc Barker aka Austin Bennett: Lou, honey, let's get lost while Ma and Kelly talk business.
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: [laughing] Oh Kelly, no wonder you like to take Lou with you wherever you go.
Machine Gun Kelly: I don't getcha Ma.
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: She leads real easy
Lou, Kelly's Girl: You're much older than I thought, may I call you grandma?
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: I ain't a grandma yet. I keep my boys away from the likes of you.
Machine Gun Kelly: Lou honey, Ma sure toppped you that time.
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Connections

Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Joe Carew
by Ama Lou Barnes
Sung by Ginny Barry and Rex Holman (as Roye Baker)
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Not in keeping with actual events, and sappy as well.
17 April 2003 | by (Mountain Mesa, California) – See all my reviews

Supposedly based upon the life of Ozark matriarch Ma Barker and her four felonious public enemy sons, this meanly made low budget example of drive-in movie schlock actually treats several incidents in the real-life career of the notorious Barker/Karpis Gang which was very active during 1931/35 from the Midwest into Southeast U.S., but so contorts the truth in order to create a lurid melodrama that a viewer is alienated from the proceedings, especially in light of obvious cut-rate production values. Al Karpis was the confirmed master hand behind the Gang's string of sinful successes whereas the factual Ma Barker, although enjoying holding open house for various fugitives, only travelled with her family and was patently incapable of organizing more than luncheons, whereas in this poorly scripted travesty Lurene Tuttle as a tommygun wielding sadistic sociopath performs a raft of maniacal actions, including running over a policeman twice, all while planning the Gang's adventures and serving up heist advice to respectful triggermen such as John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly and Baby Face Nelson.


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