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Ma Barker's Killer Brood
     

Ma Barker's Killer Brood

Director: Bill Karn, Roy Ward Baker, Owen Bush, Tristram Coffin

Cast: Bill Karn, Roy Ward Baker, Owen Bush, Tristram Coffin

 

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The story of America's most notorious gangster mother is chronicled in this crime drama. The tale starts in Oklahoma during the Depression. It is she who encourages her sons to become criminals. So sage is her advice, that other infamous mobsters such as Dillinger, and Machine Gun Kelly come to her for advice. She and her outlaw progeny go on the lam until the police

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The story of America's most notorious gangster mother is chronicled in this crime drama. The tale starts in Oklahoma during the Depression. It is she who encourages her sons to become criminals. So sage is her advice, that other infamous mobsters such as Dillinger, and Machine Gun Kelly come to her for advice. She and her outlaw progeny go on the lam until the police finally corner her in her richly appointed Florida hide-out. A bloody shoot-out ensues.

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All Movie Guide - Fred Beldin
History is undecided about the facts surrounding the legendary Ma Barker. Was she a criminal mastermind or merely the devoted mother to a gang of outlaw sons? The truth is unimportant in this slam-bang crime spree of a film, which is consistently entertaining if not entirely accurate. As Ma (Lurene Tuttle) barks her way through the role with an over-the-top abandon that keeps the action humming. From the very beginning she's busting her "sissy" son's violin and teaching her boys to steal from the church collection plate. Various characters who cross the Barker gang are burned alive, intentionally crushed with automobiles and forced to commit suicide by Russian Roulette, but director Bill Karn achieves a cartoonish tone, despite the mayhem. Notably amusing is the inclusion of every well-known crook of the '30s; Pretty Boy Floyd, Machine Gun Kelly, and John Dillinger all drop by the Barker hideout to talk shop or have a piece of Ma's famous cherry pie. Roger Corman's 1970 exploitation of the Ma Barker legacy, Bloody Mama may have been sleazier, but Ma Barker's Killer Brood is a top-notch crime fable shot through with panache and deserves its resurrection on various budget-priced DVDs.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/09/2015
UPC:
0644827759125
Original Release:
1960
Source:
Nostalgia Family
Sales rank:
52,992

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Roy Ward Baker Lloyd Barker
Owen Bush Carney
Tristram Coffin Arthur Dunlop
Bill Couch Guard
Myrna Dell Lou
George Dockstader Actor
Paul Dubov Alvin Karpis
Ron Foster Doc Barker
Byron Foulger Dr. Guelffe
Riley Hill Deputy
Nelson Leigh George Barker
Vic Lundin Machine Gun Kelly
John McNamara Mr. Khortney
Paul Power Minister
Dan Riss Baxter
Wally Rose Actor
Eric Sinclair John Dillinger
Michael Peter Smith Fred as a Boy
Donald Spruance Herman Barker
Charles Tannen 1st Sheriff
Donald Towers Lloyd as a Boy
Lurene Tuttle Ma Barker
Dan White 2nd Sheriff
Don Grady Herman as a Boy
Eric Morris Fred Barker
Robert Kendall Baby Face Nelson
Irene Windust Mrs. Khortney
David Carlile Avery

Technical Credits
Bill Karn Director
William Faris Producer
F. Paul Hall Screenwriter
Frank Hall Screenwriter
Gene Kauer Score Composer
Clark Ramsey Cinematographer
Harry Reif Set Decoration/Design

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