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Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 3 February 1960 (USA)
Ma Barker and her four sons terrorize the 1930s South and Midwest with a string of kidnappings, robberies and murders, and even get to work with such famous criminals as John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.


Bill Karn


F. Paul Hall (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lurene Tuttle ... Ma Barker
Tristram Coffin ... Arthur Dunlop (as Tristam Coffin)
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Alvin Karpis
Nelson Leigh ... George Barker
Myrna Dell ... Lou
Victor Lundin ... Machine Gun Kelly (as Vic Lundin)
Don Grady ... Herman - as a Boy
Gary Ammann Gary Ammann ... Doc - as a Boy
Donald Towers Donald Towers ... Lloyd - as a Boy
Michael Smith Michael Smith ... Fred - as a Boy
Don Spruance Don Spruance ... Herman (as Donald Spruance)
Ron Foster Ron Foster ... Doc (as Ronald Foster)
Rex Holman ... Lloyd (as Roye Baker)
Eric Morris ... Fred
Byron Foulger ... Dr. Guelffe


From dust-bowl days in Oklahoma to an opulent Florida hideout under siege, Ma Barker (Lurene Tuttle of "Psycho"), leads her sons astray while maintaining a consultation sideline for the likes of John Dillinger, Alvin 'Creepy' Karpis, Baby Face Nelson and Machine Gun Kelly. Written by alfiehitchie

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she taught and trained her four sons to be criminals! See more »


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Release Date:

3 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die gnadenlosen Killer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Screen Classics Inc. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was refused a UK cinema certificate in 1961 by the BBFC and has yet to receive a release. See more »


Although set in the mid-1930s, one of the cars parked on the street in front of a bank that is to be robbed is a 1955 Chevy. See more »


Avery: [Standing over Ma Baker's dead body] If you didn't know the old witch, you'd swear she was just somebody's sweet old grandmother.
Baxter: Yeah, like the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood.
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Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »


Little Joe Carew
by Ama Lou Barnes
Sung by Ginny Barry and Rex Holman (as Roye Baker)
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21 August 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

A major disappointment. As the apocryphal prize-winning cook and master criminal, Laurene Tuttle (who later the same year had a hilarious cameo as Sheriff Chambers' wife in 'Psycho') could really have shone as Ma Barker if she'd been backed by a halfway decent script & production; but this drab-looking quickie bogs down in endless talk and poorly executed action.

The high spot is probably the eye-watering scene in which Byron Foulger plays a plastic surgeon too drunk to properly handle a scalpel.

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