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The Kansas City Massacre

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(ABC, 9/19/1975, 120 mins). Dale Robertson here reprises his role of the flamboyant Melvin Purvis that he originated in Dan Curtis’ “Melvin Purvis, G-Man” (1974) and takes on the crime cartel formed by Pretty Boy Floyd, John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, Alvin Karpis and others. Their crime wave ended in the notorious Kansas City massacre of June 17, 1933. Of interest: Harris Yulin, who portrayed J. Edgar Hoover in the 1974 TV movie “The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis,” here is on the other side of the law as a vicious crime czar; and former Georgia governor, Lester Maddox, made his movie debut in a small role as the governor of Oklahoma.

Production Companies Dan Curtis Productions, ABC Circle Films. Director Dan Curtis. Producer Dan Curtis. Teleplay Bronson Howitzer, William F. Nolan. Based on a Story by Bronson Howitzer. Photography Paul Lohmann. Music Bob Cobert. Editors Dennis Virkler, Richard A. Harris. Art Director Trevor Williams. Associate Producer Robert L. Singer.

Cast Dale Robertson (Melvin Pervis), Bo Hopkins (Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd), Robert Walden (Adam Richetti), Mills Watson (Frank Nash), Scott Brady (Hubert Tucker McElway), Matt Clark (Verne Miller), John Karlen (Sam Cowley), Lyn Loring (Vi Morland), Elliot Street (Lester Gillis “Baby Face” Nelson), Harris Yulin (Johnny Lazia), Philip Bruns (Captain Jackson), Sally Kirkland (Wilma Floyd), William Jordan (John Dillinger), Morgan Paull (Alvin Karpis), James Storm (Larry DeVol), Lester Maddox (Gov. Garfield Burns).

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