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Machine Gun Kelly

  • Film

Time Out says

Corman's first gangster movie is one of the most ambitious and rewarding of his '50s quickies: not because it transcends any of its inherent limitations, but rather because it indulges them recklessly. Apparently modelling itself on Siegel's Baby Face Nelson, it sees Kelly (Bronson) as a child-like thug with a pathological fear of death, helplessly dominated by his moll Flo (Cabot, Corman's favourite femme fatale until Barbara Steele came along). The post-Freudian motifs aren't imposed on the dime-novel material; they grow with a hysteria all of their own from the sleazy settings and one-note performances. The movie reveals Corman as a director entirely in touch with his audience, and Floyd Crosby as one of the most prodigiously resourceful cameramen in Hollywood history.
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Release Details

  • Duration:80 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Roger Corman
  • Screenwriter:R Wright Campbell
  • Cast:
    • Charles Bronson
    • Susan Cabot
    • Morey Amsterdam
    • Jack Lambert
    • Wally Campo
    • Barboura Morris
    • Connie Gilchrist
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