The Purple Gang

The Purple Gang

Barry Sullivan
Director: Frank McDonald Cast: Barry Sullivan
Barry Sullivan
, Elaine Edwards
Elaine Edwards
, Marc Cavell
Marc Cavell
Frank McDonald


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Although this story of the making of a gangland hoodlum reflects only some of the real history of the Detroit Purple Gang in it, the violence portrayed is completely truthful. The sense of reality here is increased by the use of newsreel footage. Robert Blake is "Honeyboy" Willard, a juvenile delinquent always in trouble for petty thefts and similar deeds. (The actual Purple Gang started that way just before 1920, led by the youthful Bernstein brothers.) Cop Bill Harley (Barry Sullivan) is convinced that Willard's violent side can only be tamed by a stint behind bars. Opposing him is a social worker who wants to use modern methods of therapy to correct the teen's problems. When the social worker is found brutally murdered, the cop knows that Willard is responsible. He decides to stick with the case -- in spite of the fact that the gang eventually has a lot of city and union brass in its pocket. Just as a note, the gang got their name because one citizen commented that they were tainted, like the purple color of bad meat.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/26/2011
UPC: 0883316353066
Original Release: 1960
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 19,449

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barry Sullivan Detective Bill Harley
Elaine Edwards Gladys Harley
Marc Cavell Hank Smith
Jody Lawrance Miss Mac
Joe Turkel Eddie Olsen
Victor Creatore Al Olsen
Paul Dubov Burke
Kathleen Lockhart Nun
Nestor Paiva Laurence Orlofsky
Lou Krugman Dr. Rioden
Mauritz Hugo Licovetti
John Indrisano Castiglione
Dirk London Tom Olsen
George Baxter Actor
Robert Blake "Honeyboy" Willard
John Close Actor
Dan Easton Actor
Ella Ethridge Actor
Don Haggerty Actor
Walter Maslow Actor
Paul McGuire Actor
Ralph Sanford Actor
Michael Vallon Actor
Cecil Weston Actor
Allen Windsor Actor
Saverio LoMedico Actor
David Tomack Actor

Technical Credits
Frank McDonald Director
Ellis W. Carter Cinematographer
Jack de Witt Screenwriter
Paul Dunlap Score Composer
Harrington A. Gibbs Songwriter
Joe Gray Songwriter
Frank Lombardo Set Decoration/Design
Dave Milton Art Director
Lindsley Parsons Producer
Leo Wood Songwriter
Maurice E. Wright Editor

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