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Baby Face Nelson (1957)

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:

THE DEADLIEST KILLER OF THEM ALL! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$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

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Ryder Sound Services)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Shot in seventeen days. See more »

Goofs

The movie is portraying 1933, but the open scenes you see a metropolitan city that is far more modern and developed than the cities of 1933. See more »

Quotes

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

Referenced in Kojak: Secret Snow, Deadly Snow (1975) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm So In Love With You
by Mickey Rooney & Harold Spina
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Any similarity to actual persons is purely coincidental!
24 February 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In the late 1950s and early 60s, 1930s gangsters were the rage. In addition to the TV show "The Untouchables", there were a lot of films that practically made heroes out of Dillinger, Ma Barker and other unsavory jerks of the era. One thing these depictions all had in common...they bore little semblance to the actual criminals! Why? Because their real life exploits weren't all that exciting...so they spiced it up by fictionalizing their lives--much like films of the 1930s and 40s did with cowboys like Billy the Kid and Jesse James. So, if you are looking for a history lesson or documentary about Baby Face Nelson, you should not bother with this movie.

If you don't mind that it's almost complete fiction, the film is modestly entertaining. Mickey Rooney's portrayal of the man is much like Jimmy Cagney's portrayal of Cody Jarrett in "White Heat"...completely over the top and more a caricature than realistic portrayal of anyone. This isn't so much a complaint...this is entertaining but it's hard to imagine anyone this antisocial and nasty being a successful gangster or working with any gang. This version of Nelson shoots people right and left, hates EVERYONE and is just plain nuts. The only problem with all this is that there is no room for anyone else in the film...even Dillinger! These other characters are one-dimensional and uninteresting. Overall, a dopey but enjoyable film. It has many faults but still makes for fun viewing if you have very, very modest expectations.


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