Review: ‘The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre’

The film is a slam-bang, gutsy recreation of The St. Valentine's Day Massacre, a 1929 gangland sensation of Chicago. Well-written, and presented in semi-documentary style, it features Jason Robards as Al Capone. Salty dialog and violence are motivated properly, and solid production values recreate a by-gone era.

The film is a slam-bang, gutsy recreation of The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, a 1929 gangland sensation of Chicago. Well-written, and presented in semi-documentary style, it features Jason Robards as Al Capone. Salty dialog and violence are motivated properly, and solid production values recreate a by-gone era.

Robards is excellent as Capone, and Ralph Meeker, as Moran, is equally chilling. A large cast spotlights George Segal, who with brother David Canary act as Meeker’s ace gunmen.

Clint Ritchie, playing in very good fashion the ever-smiling, dapper Jack McGurn, one of Capone’s key aides, is placed by his boss in charge of eliminating Moran and his mob. Latter – through a stroke of fate – escaped the bloodbath, and Capone was never proven the man behind it all.

The St. Valentine's Day Massacre

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Roger Corman; Producer Roger Corman; Screenplay Howard Browne; Camera Milton Krasner; Editor William B. Murphy; Music Fred Steiner; Art Director Jack Martin Smith, Philip Jeffries

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Jason Robards George Segal Ralph Meeker Jean Hale Clint Ritchie Frank Silvera
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