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Baby Face Nelson (1957)

Approved | | Biography, Crime, Drama | 11 December 1957 (USA)
George "Babyface" Nelson became one of the most important gangsters of 1930's Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone, he allied himself with John Dillinger.

Director:

Don Siegel

Writers:

Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay), Irving Shulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis
Carolyn Jones ... Sue Nelson
Cedric Hardwicke ... Doc Saunders (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Leo Gordon ... John Dillinger
Anthony Caruso ... John Hamilton
Jack Elam ... Fatso Nagel
John Hoyt ... Samuel F. Parker
Ted de Corsia ... Rocca
Elisha Cook Jr. ... Homer van Meter
Robert Osterloh ... FBI Agent Johnson
Thayer David ... Connelly
Dabbs Greer ... FBI Agent Charles Bonner
George E. Stone ... Mr. Hall - Bank Manager
Lisa Davis ... Ann Saper - the Lady in Red
Emile Meyer ... Mac - Detective
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Storyline

George "Babyface" Nelson became one of the most important gangsters of 1920s Chicago by making brutal robberies. In order to compete with Al Capone, he allied himself with John Dillinger. Written by Volker Boehm

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Taglines:

More vicious than Little Caesar! More savage than Scarface! More brutal than Dillinger! The "baby-face b butcher" who lined 'em up -- chopped 'em down -- and terrorized a nation! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminos de sangre See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$175,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fryman Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

United Artists' distribution fee was thirty percent. See more »

Goofs

When Mickey Rooney is leaving prison, the cars in the rear projection shots are clearing 1950s models. See more »

Quotes

Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis: Take his car and ditch it. Then follow me.
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Connections

References Manhattan Melodrama (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm So In Love With You
by Mickey Rooney & Harold Spina
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Racy tabloid movie making
9 February 2008 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

Mickey Rooney gives an energetic ,scary and persuasive performance in this crisp and edgy don Siegal movie.The businesslike script by Irving Shulman and Daniel Mainwaring traces the rise of Nelson from apprentice gunman to Rocca(Ted de Corsia),through his meetings with Dillinger(Leo Gordon), his incarceration and subsequent escape aided by girlfriend Sue(Carolyn Jones)and his rise to the status of Public Enemy Number 1 Little is said about the background to the story-prohibition is scarcely touched on -or about Nelson's personal motivation .Instead it records -even ,disquietingly ,celebrates his achievements and behaviour.

The support cast gives Rooney solid backup and special kudos go to Sir Cedric Hardwicke ,Jack Elam and Emile Meyer It looks cheap and low budget but this actually helps the impact of this slick ,anti-social pulp movie


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