Baby Face Nelson

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Time Out says

One of Siegel's most vigorous crime-thrillers, and a key study of the gangster as psychotic. Rooney is surprisingly and superbly cast as the Depression desperado increasingly unable to control his outbursts of irrational violence, while the supporting cast - including Gordon as John Dillinger - is expertly deployed. But it is the sheer pace and economy of Siegel's direction that lend the film its anarchic energy; recreation of period is almost ignored in favour of an emphasis on actions exemplifying the anti-hero's sexually-insecure neuroses. A superior example of the way B-movie conventions may be transcended by wit and a fertile imagination.
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Release details

UK release:

1957

Duration:

83 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

Don Siegel

Cast:

Leo Gordon, Emile Meyer, Ted de Corsia, Cedric Hardwicke, Carolyn Jones, Mickey Rooney, Jack Elam

Music:

Van Alexander

Art Director:

David Milton

Editor:

Leon Barsha

Cinematography:

Hal Mohr

Screenwriter:

Daniel Mainwaring, Irving Shulman

Producer:

Al Zimbalist

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