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The Grissom Gang (1971)

R | | Crime, Drama | 29 May 1971 (USA)
Set in the Depression, a gang of half-witted small-time hoods led by Slim Grissom kidnap heiress Barbara Blandish and Slim proceeds to fall in love with her. Remake of the British film No ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Aldrich

Writers:

Leon Griffiths (screenplay), James Hadley Chase (based on novel by "No Orchids for Miss Blandish")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Darby ... Barbara Blandish
Scott Wilson ... Slim Grissom
Tony Musante ... Eddie Hagan
Robert Lansing ... Dave Fenner
Connie Stevens ... Anna Borg
Irene Dailey ... Gladys 'Ma' Grissom
Wesley Addy ... John P. Blandish
Joey Faye Joey Faye ... Woppy
Michael Baseleon ... Frankie Connor
Ralph Waite ... Mace
Hal Baylor ... Chief McLaine
Matt Clark ... Joe Bailey
Alvin Hammer ... Sam
Dots Johnson Dots Johnson ... Johnny Hutchins (as Dotts Johnson)
Don Keefer ... Doc Grissom
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Set in the Depression, a gang of half-witted small-time hoods led by Slim Grissom kidnap heiress Barbara Blandish and Slim proceeds to fall in love with her. Remake of the British film No Orchids for Miss Blandish (1948). Written by alfiehitchie

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The psychotic killer, the young heiress...the kidnapping that becomes a love story.

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Grissom Bande See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Penultimate film produced by the Aldrich & Associates Company's production house "The Aldrich Studios". The last would be Ulzana's Raid (1972). See more »

Quotes

Eddie Hagan: How come you never get your ass out of bed?
Anna Borg: Well, it's the place you seem to like it the most.
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Connections

Featured in Scott Wilson: A Different Kind of Killer (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

I Surrender Dear
Music and Lyrics by Gordon Clifford and Harry Barris
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Before Patty Hearst
4 December 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A few years before Patty Hearst was kidnapped and then joined her kidnappers on their crime spree we had The Grissom Gang. Based on a British film and book the scene shifts from working class Great Britain to the midwest of the Depression.

Kim Darby light years from Mattie Ross in True Grit plays the spoiled debutante daughter of Wesley Addy who gets kidnapped after the first gang that kidnaps her botches a robbery and kills the man with her. Then The Grissom Gang kills the original bunch and takes over. Addy pays the ransom, but his daughter doesn't come home.

The brains behind this crew is Ma Grissom who is played with extreme malevolence by Irene Dailey. She wants her killed, but her lunkhead son Scott Wilson wants her for his very own. He's not real good with the social skills.

At first Darby is playing for time, but eventually she works out a strange relationship with Wilson. She knows he's keeping her alive and for the first time it isn't because of her wealth that he's interested in her. A new experience for her even though she's the object of the affection of a stone cold killer very expert with a knife.

The Grissom Gang is one of the bloodiest films I've ever seen so if your taste runs to violence this is the film for you. It also really captures the essence of Kansas City in the 20s, a very wide open town run by political boss Tom Pendergast.

Scott Wilson turns in the best performance. It's a difficult part because you never forget he's a killer. But you almost feel sorry for him with his lack of social skills and his puppy love crush on Kim Darby. There's also good role for Robert Lansing who plays a private detective who unravels the whole mystery about Kim Darby's whereabouts.

All in all a good gangster film is The Grissom Gang.


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