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5 January 1960 (USA) See more »
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The story of the infamous Purple Gang, a ring of bootleggers, hijackers and killers in 1920s' Detroit. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Barry Sullivan ... Police Lt. William P. Harley

Robert Blake ... William Joseph 'Honeyboy' Willard
Elaine Edwards ... Gladys Harley
Marc Cavell ... Henry Abel 'Hank' Smith
Jody Lawrance ... Joan MacNamara
Suzanne Ridgeway ... Daisy (as Suzy Marquette)

Joe Turkel ... Eddie Olsen (as Joseph Turkel)
Victor Creatore ... Al Olsen
Paul Dubov ... Thomas Allen aka Killer Burke
Ray Boyle ... Tom Olsen (as Dirk London)
Kathleen Lockhart ... Nun
Nestor Paiva ... Laurence Orlofsky
Lou Krugman ... Dr. Riordan
Robert Anderson ... Police Commissioner
Mauritz Hugo ... Licovetti
James Roosevelt ... Himself in Prologue (as Congressman James Roosevelt)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Baxter ... Judge Stone (uncredited)
John Close ... Policeman George Murphy (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Policeman at Call Box (uncredited)
John Damler ... Police Detective (uncredited)
Don Easton ... Joe Milford (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Martha (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Hood in Montage (archive footage) (uncredited)
Craig Fox ... Harry Keys (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Minor Role (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Castiglione (uncredited)
Ray Kellogg ... Police Desk Sergeant (uncredited)
Saverio LoMedico ... Al Capone (uncredited) (voice)
Walter Maslow ... Wright (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Florist (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Man at Line-Up (uncredited)
Norman Nazarr ... Ricco (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Fish Scofield (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Man in Judge's Office (uncredited)
David Tomack ... Mac, Panhandler / Undercover Man (uncredited)
Michael Vallon ... Ely (uncredited)
Cecil Weston ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Allen Windsor ... Irving Mills (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank McDonald 
Writing credits
Jack DeWitt (written by)

Produced by
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... associate producer
Lindsley Parsons .... producer
Original Music by
Paul Dunlap 
Cinematography by
Ellis W. Carter  (as Ellis Carter)
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Frank Lombardo 
Makeup Department
Willard Colee .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Jerry Fuller .... property master
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound recordist
Joseph Keener .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... electrician (as Lloyd L. Garnell)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Forrest T. Butler .... wardrobe
Nanette Smith .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Maurice Wright .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Paul Dunlap .... conductor
A.H. Gibbs .... composer: song "Runnin' Wild" (as A. Harrington Gibbs)
Other crew
Bobbie Sierks .... script supervisor
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Did You Know?

The real Purple Gang was made up of mostly Jewish members. The script of this film gave the members non-Jewish names.See more »


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Allied Artists says it all..., 21 May 2012
Author: Gary Brandner from Los Angeles

Cheapo production. This is supposed to be the 1920s, but there is no attempt to use costumes or hair styles of that era. The men all wear 1950s hats. Robert Blake plays tough as the juvenile gang leader. Barry Sullivan walks through his part as the detective as though he wanted to be somewhere else. His wife,of course, wants him to quit. The gang looks like a Central Casting call for B-list juveniles. As clean and nice looking a bunch of hoodlums as can be imagined. If they could dance they would be ready for West Side Story. The sets are unadorned and look like they were assembled in somebody's garage. There is a lot of unconvincing gunplay and actors falling to the floor, but no blood.

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