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A typical gangster flick, especially typical because the star power gives the thing wings. Mickey Rooney as a psycho killer? You will believe it when you see it, and Carolyn Jones as the strangely obsessed girlfriend also plays true. Directed by Don Siegel, this baby is a surprise from start to finish, particularly as Rooney plays the killer as a barely controlled coward. Good stuff.
Nothing special but a good early spotlight role for Carolyn Jones.
Mediocre cops and robbers tale. Though released in 1957, the black n white film appears to be made in 1937. Mickey Rooney stars in his breakout role as a real adult (instead of that series as Andy Hardy). The real star for me is the outrageously appealing Carolyn Jones (who was obviously copied in Pulp Fiction).
Older movie fans will recognize many of the cast from many films.
[img]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcToZf7mzUfYnYPMFw3P1tSHLP6MDVzKO5vaaPogD_9tP90XYdWm[/img] Mickey Rooney as the psychotic killer Baby Face
SEE the entire film here:
[img]https://encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQ_y9LabcTvUWZtYVw_8gNWA-p1MPkq1BUU45oOmND-jb5lypO5yg[/img] Rooney and Jones as lovers
1 Film critic Bosley Crowther panned the film writing, "Baby Face Nelson, is a thoroughly standard, pointless and even old-fashioned gangster picture, the kind that began going out along with the oldtime sedans."
2 Film critic Dennis Schwartz wrote a somewhat positive review of the film, writing, "Don Siegel's (Charley Varrick/Riot in Cell Block 11/Dirty Harry) raw and twitchy gangster biopic about a thirties public enemy Number No. 1 is typical bang-bang stuff but is fluidly shot. Rooney's flowery performance as the trigger-happy hood with the inferiority complex over being short and the wall-to-wall action, give this Prohibition-era set B-film its pulse."
1 A low budget film shot in 17 days.
[ing]https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRnPcDhUMzbU8r6bEgCPJlhhZB_r5rzCTsuJUYHvXSgdmKf6_-d[/img] The devoted girlfriend of Baby Face Nelson is stunning Carolyn Jones
Elisha Cook, Jr.
[img]https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTw75XO__l_cfvhx9ufSZ7K73We24QR-_PIJoJ8eZ8PalpeibWu[/img] The real Baby Face Nelson
December 1, 1957 (United States)
Keeps the attention of the viewer. Rooney doesn't appear to be chewing the scenery this time around...