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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.


Don Siegel


Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay), Irving Shulman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »


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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


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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Don't see it unless your nerves are bullet proof! See more »


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Release Date:

11 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caminos de sangre See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$175,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$7,000,000, 31 July 1970
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Fryman Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Los Angeles, California F.B.I. Bureau Chief John J. Malone served as a consultant throughout this movie's production. See more »


Dabbs Greer's name is misspelt as 'Daabs Greer' in the opening credits. See more »


Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis: Take his car and ditch it. Then follow me.
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One of the films of the '50s
13 August 2006 | by allan-mac1See all my reviews

a decade not over-endowed with great movies this has to be one of the most under-rated and underplayed. Don Siegle even stops Rooney from over-acting. No mean feat. The result is a chilling portrayal that has to rate with Rooney's best. In terms of genre this must rate in the top ten of gangster movies. Why has it never been seen on TV? Good knows they dig deep enough sometimes dredging up the most turgid pap especially for day-time TV. Rooney's portrayal of the murderous psychopath could possibly only have been bettered by Cagney at his best. The dialogue is suitably hard-nosed and cynical. By the time they get to 1933 and the end of prohibition Rooney (Nelson) takes a drink in their hide-out and a colleague remarks 'Hey haven't you heard? It's legal now' to which Rooney replies 'No kiddin. Kinda takes the fun outa drinking it'. Watch it if you get the chance.

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