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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.

Director:

Bill Karn

Writer:

F. Paul Hall (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lurene Tuttle ... Ma Barker
Tristram Coffin ... Arthur Dunlop (as Tristam Coffin)
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
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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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Bullet-blistering story of America's No. 1 Female Gangster! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

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

Goofs

During the armored car robbery set in Depression era, 1950's cars can be spotted on the nearby freeway, and the getaway car passes a parking lot full of cars not sold for 25 years. See more »

Quotes

Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: Don't you go tryin to deny it. I told Al and the boys if you shot off your bourbon mouth at that bar and got us in dutch I was going to finish you. I was going to do something about it! Now finish your pie.
George Barker: Oh..now Ma
[nervous laughter]
George Barker: , you wouldn't do anything...foolish. Not to me...why after all, I'm your...I'm your husband!
Katherine Clark 'Ma' Barker: I'm just about to divorce you, the quick way.
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Connections

Edited into Dusk to Dawn Drive-In Trash-o-Rama Show Vol. 10 (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Joe Carew
by Ama Lou Barnes
Sung by Ginny Barry and Rex Holman (as Roye Baker)
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Ignore that the film is a historical mess--just enjoy it for its nutty performances.
17 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Ma Barker's Killer Brood" is a bad film. Most of the exploits of Ma Barker and her boys in this film are complete fiction. The gang did not have parties attended by all the most-wanted criminals (Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly and many others). Additionally, the writing and characterizations were far from subtle. Yet, despite being a bad film, it has a certain kitschy quality that makes it fun viewing. I am pretty sure that Lurene Tuttle had a grand time acting as the leading lady!! In many ways, I think this film was an inspiration to John Waters, as you see a lot of Divine in this film. Don't believe me? Try watching "Pink Flamingos" and "Female Trouble" and you'll see what I mean. Herein lies the beauty of the film. It never strives for accuracy but instead tries very, very hard to be loud, outlandish and ridiculous--and VERY enjoyable. Although I gave the film a 5, it IS a must-see for bad movie freaks!

By the way, in a case of interesting casting, look of future "My Three Sons" actor Don Grady as a member of this hellish clan!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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