Young Dillinger

Young Dillinger
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Directed by Terry Morse
Produced by Alfred Zimbalist
Written by Arthur Hoehl
Donald Zimbalist
Starring John Ashley
Nick Adams
Robert Conrad
Music by Shorty Rogers
Cinematography Stanley Cortez
Edited by Terry Morse
Distributed by Allied Artists
Release date
  • 1965 (1965)
Running time
102 mins
Country United States
Language English
Budget $200,000[1]

Young Dillinger is a 1965 gangster film directed by Terry Morse. It stars Nick Adams as the notorious criminal John Dillinger, and co-stars Robert Conrad, John Ashley and Mary Ann Mobley.


With help from Elaine, his girlfriend, young John Dillinger breaks into her father's safe. They are caught, but Dillinger takes the rap by himself.

In prison, he meets Pretty Boy Floyd and Baby Face Nelson, who join Dillinger's gang after he masterminds a prison break. Elaine goes along, but when she becomes pregnant and is rejected by Dillinger, she rats him out to the FBI.



The film was shot at Goldwyn Studios starting in November 1964.[2] Al Zimbalist said he didn't want to glamourise the gangsters. "We just wanted to tell the story how three young men went wrong in hopes no other young people would make the same mistakes they made," he said.[3]

Shot cheaply in 17 days without period costumes, Robert Conrad recalled that he only did the film to repay a favor to his friend Nick Adams.[4]

John Ashley says the film "was basically all of (producer) Al Zimbalist's footage of machine guns and crashing cars from Baby Face Nelson (1957)."[5]

Ashley added that the film "may have been the most fun of everything I ever did. At the time all three of us [Adams, Conrad and himself] were divorced. We were all living up in Nick's house. This film came along through Allied Artists. They actually approached Nick, and Nick said 'You should go see about getting John and Bobby'. We all agreed to it and we basically rewrote it. We took a lot of liberties with these three guys, but it was a lot of fun and a real pleasant experience."[6] Ashley later produced some TV movies for Conrad.[7]

During filming, the management of Allied Artists were engaged in a proxy fight with rebellious shareholders.[8]

Adams and Zimbalist wanted to make another film together, Guns of the G Men.[9] However it was never made.


The Los Angeles Times called it "a B picture with A virtues... good performances... crisp direction... fast moving and full of action.[10]

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