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Machine Gun Kelly (1958)





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The real-life story of gangster Machine Gun Kelly is the loose inspiration for this low-budget gangster film. Set around the end of Prohibition, the film concentrates on Kelly's transition from bootlegging into the world of kidnapping and its violent consequences.


Charles Bronson
as George R. 'Machine Gun' Kelly
Susan Cabot
as Florence 'Flo' Becker
Morey Amsterdam
as Michael Fandango
Mitzi McCall
as Harriet
Michael Fox
as Clinton
Larry Thor
as Drummond
Jay Sayer
as Philip Ashton
Jon Mikl Thor
as Drummond
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Critic Reviews for Machine Gun Kelly

All Critics (2)

Roger Corman's Macbeth, morbid and raffish

Full Review… | January 25, 2013

An efficiently made fast-paced action-packed gangster B-film directed by Roger Corman.

Full Review… | March 26, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Machine Gun Kelly


You don't listen to me so good, do you? Machine Gun Kelly is a man on the run after a bank robbery goes bad. Kelly is fortunate that he has a girl as clever as he is as they look to continue to execute jobs while alluding the police. As Kelly begins assembling a new crew, he has trust issues and may begin working with guys more crooked then him or perhaps some undercover cops. "A slap is better than no touch at all." Roger Corman, director of Deathsport, Wild Angels, The Masque of Red Death, A Time for Killing (1967), The Terror, The Raven, and The Haunted Palace, delivers Machine-Gun Kelly. The storyline for this picture is wonderful and reminded me of Public Enemies (the John Dillinger story). The acting was outstanding and Charles Bronson delivered a remarkable performance as the lead character. "Go ahead, apple, and I'll peal and carve you." I ran a query of Roger Corman pictures about a month ago on my DVR and this film popped up. I had never heard of this movie but who am I to turn down an opportunity to watch a Charles Bronson picture. Bronson delivers a charismatic performance and does a great job depicting Kelly as the ultimate tough guy. I strongly recommend watching this film if you enjoy gangster pictures. "I don't understand." "You don't have to. Scream and you die." Grade: A

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Bronson is great in his first starring role. This Roger Corman crime flick is a lot of fun and whizzes by at a blistering 80 minutes

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

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