A Bullet for Pretty Boy

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Released 1970

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Director:
Larry Buchanan
Released:
1970
Rating:
PG
A Bullet for Pretty Boy follows the criminal career and brief life of glamorous 1930s gangster, Pretty Boy Floyd (Fabian). Like the infamous "Bonnie & Clyde" robbers, the Depression-era public romanticized the daring exploits and prison escapes of this "Robin Hood" thief. After growing up in a small Ohio town, Floyd revenges his father's death and becomes a hardened criminal while serving a prison sentence. He escapes prison, vowing to never land behind bars again, and joins a gang of bank robbers. Their Midwestern crime spree sets the police and the FBI on their trail, particularly hard-nosed agent Hossler (Robert Glenn). The handsome criminal had his share of women, but his heart belonged to his home town girl Betty (Jocelyn Lane). Director Larry Buchanan plays loose with the historical facts, but captures the charm and difficult choices of Floyd's time, with 50s teen idol Fabian providing a surprising effective performance as the criminal charmer.

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Classics, Mobsters