Action master Don Siegel directed this energetic study of the Prohibition-era gangster here incarnated with scary brio by former wholesome’ teen star Mickey Rooney. Starting with Nelson as a scrawny street tough, the film observes his rise to dubious fame as a savage thief and killer, accompanied by his faithful moll, Sue (Carolyn Jones). Rooney’s frenzied, no-holds-barred performance is well worth a look.’
The distinguished actress Carolyn Jones, who plays the gun moll in Baby Face Nelson, began her show business career as one of the first female disc-jockeys.
USA / United Artists / 85 minutes / 1957
Director: Don Siegel
Producer: Al Zimbalist
Director of Photography: Hal Mohr
Editing: Leon Barsacqu
Script: Daniel Mainwaring
Art Direction: Dave Milton
Jack Elam as Fatso Nagel
Mickey Rooney as Lester M. ‘Baby Face Nelson’ Gillis
Carolyn Jones as Sue Nelson
Cedric Hardwicke as Doc Saunders (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Leo Gordon as John Dillinger
Anthony Caruso as John Hamilton
John Hoyt as Samuel F. Parker
Ted de Corsia as Rocca
Elisha Cook Jr. as Homer van Meter
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