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Baby Face Nelson (1957)





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The violent life and death of one of America's most notorious 1930s gangsters is chronicled in this gripping drama that features Mickey Rooney as the psychotic killer Baby Face Nelson. Unfortunately, while the tale has its exciting moments, the story is largely fictional.


Mickey Rooney
as Lester M. 'Baby Face Nelson' Gillis
Carolyn Jones
as Sue Nelson
Cedric Hardwicke
as Doc Saunders
Leo Gordon
as Dillinger
Jack Elam
as Fatso
Thayer David
as Connelly
Elisha Cook Jr.
as Van Meter
Kenneth Patterson
as Ranald Vickman
Sol (Saul) Gorss
as FBI Agent Preston
Gil Perkins
as FBI Agent Duncan
Tom Fadden
as Postman Harkins
Lisa Davis
as Ann Saper
John Hoyt
as Samuel F. Parker
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Critic Reviews for Baby Face Nelson

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

It's taut, fast, simple, and electrically cathartic.

February 10, 2007 | Full Review…

A thoroughly standard, pointless and even old-fashioned gangster picture, the kind that began going out along with the oldtime sedans.

February 10, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

Raw and twitchy gangster biopic about a thirties public enemy Number No. 1 is typical bang-bang stuff.

February 7, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Baby Face Nelson


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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Nothing special but a good early spotlight role for Carolyn Jones.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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