Machine Gun Kelly (1958)
“George isn’t afraid of any man living.”
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
The film opens with a carefully choreographed get-away after a heist, as we’re introduced to pivotal role played by Kelly’s girlfriend “Flo” (based on his wife, Kathryn Kelly):
While Kelly may be a mean, psychopathic bastard who doesn’t hesitate to shoot his guns, throw a punch, or have an accomplice mauled by a lion:
… Flo is equally devious and duplicitous, and Cabot seems to enjoy her role:
Presumably for dramatic interest, the kidnapping that ended Kelly and Flo’s careers was shifted from that of an oil tycoon to his daughter (and her conveniently sexy nurse):
This is actually too bad, given the real-life drama inherent in what went down; click here to watch a brief video, if you’re curious.
Notable Performances, Qualities, and Moments:
One thought on “Machine Gun Kelly (1958)”
First viewing (10/3/20). Skip it.
Surprisingly lackluster ‘bio-pic’; standard, old-school style, not exactly outright terrible but often sluggish and occasionally boring. The writing is sometimes a little weird / pointless.
Amsterdam’s role is supposed to be ‘daring’ for being an early representation of a gay character; there’s a slight hint of his being on the ‘swish’ side but his role is under-developed. The film becomes more of a chore to get through as it goes along.