Baby Face Nelson
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Baby Face Nelson
Fittingly directed by Illinois native and bad-guy filmmaker Don Siegel, this action-packed film stars Mickey Rooney as the unflinching, trigger-happy member of the infamous Dillinger gang that besieged the Midwest circa 1933. Rooney is Lester "Baby Face Nelson" Gillis and Carolyn Jones his gun moll, Sue, in this fictionalized tale of a scrawny street tough turned psychotic gangster. After being released from prison, Nelson goes to work for mob boss Rocca (Ted De Corsia), who eventually recognizes that a madman is in his service and turns him in to the cops. Managing to elude capture,… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It's taut, fast, simple, and electrically cathartic."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"A thoroughly standard, pointless and even old-fashioned gangster picture, the kind that began going out along with the oldtime sedans."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Raw and twitchy gangster biopic about a thirties public enemy Number No. 1 is typical bang-bang stuff."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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