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Release Date:
5 January 1960 (USA) See more »
When machine gun mania rocked the nation! See more »
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 Ridgway ... 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)
Rudy Germane ... Policeman (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)
UK:A (passed with cuts) | West Germany:16 (nf) (cut)

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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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Chillingly charismatic, 14 March 2002
Author: Jeff Hill (jeffhill1) from Sapporo, Japan

Robert Blake's portrayal of Honeyboy is chillingly charismatic. Honeyboy leads his gang of teenage hoodlums to success in the big leagues of organized crime. The key to Honeyboy's success and his dedication as a "leader" lies in the fact that he is a sociopathic killer and a psychopathic egomaniac. Robert Blake plays it all to the hilt and still manages to make Honeyboy cute and sympathetic.

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