Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Kate' Katherine Ryan-Kelly
Charles 'Charlie' Parlmetter
'Gene' Eugene T. Farber
Thomas 'Buckwheat' Longaker
'Tony' Anthony Redecci
Nash Covington
Jim Hill ...
'Jim' J. D. Longaker
Hamburger Stand Man
Hank Rolike ...
Shoe Shine Man
Hotel Clerk
Max Kleven ...
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Agent Melvin Purvis is placed in charge of running down notorious killer Machine Gun Kelly, and sets out to do just that.

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9 April 1974 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Steve Kanaly, who plays FBI Agent Sam Cowley in this film, played "Pretty Boy" Floyd in Dillinger (1973). Both films were written by John Milius (he also directed "Dillinger"). See more »


When the gang members stop for fuel, while driving the Rolls Royce, the gas pump says "Contains Lead". Though required at the time of the production 1970s, this warning was not in an existence during the film's time period of the 1930s. See more »


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Disappointing gangster film
15 September 2012 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

Although "Melvin Purvis G-MAN" had its premier on television in North America, there's evidence to suggest it played in theaters in other countries. The movie was backed by American-International Pictures, for one thing. And the production values are generally good, with a lot of period detail ranging from clothing to automobiles. But whether seen on television or in theaters, I would guess most viewers at the time were disappointed with the movie. Although the title claims the movie will be a grand look at Melvin Purvis, he is actually in less of the movie than you'd think. At times he's an afterthought. And because of his limited use, we don't get a good exploration of his character. As the title figure, Dale Robertson tries, but even he can't juice up his limited character. There was a sequel made to this movie in the following year, but judging from this movie I'll think I'll give it a pass.

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