The real-life "Machine Gun" Kelly was a clumsy, two-bit petty thief,
goaded into bigger and badder things by a publicity-hungry wife; legend
has it that when Kelly was finally captured by the FBI, he had a smile
on his face, as if relieved to get away from the gorgonlike Mrs. Kelly.
This film version of Kelly's life alters the facts considerably: as
played by Charles Bronson, "Machine Gun" is a cold-blooded sadist who
kills because he's sensitive about his height. Together with his
ever-lovin' moll Flo (Susan Cabot), Kelly decides to top off his
criminal achievements with a high-profile kindapping, a decision that
leads to his bloody downfall. Comedian Morey Amsterdam delivers a
surprisingly effective performance as a stool pigeon who "gets his" from
the business end of Kelly's eponymous weapon. Directed with sweaty
intensity by Roger Corman, Machine Gun Kelly was originally released on a double bill with The Bonnie Parker Story.