The life and times of infamous Oklahoma murderer and bank robber Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd are chronicled in this surprisingly accurate screen biography featuring Ericson as the legendary outlaw. The film begins as Ericson is released from prison after having served time for a
stickup. Determined to go straight, he gets a job working on an oil rig. Unfortunately, he takes up with a married woman and her vengeance-seeking husband gets Ericson fired by exposing his prison record. Upon returning home to Oklahoma, Ericson is shocked to learn that his father has been
murdered by a farmer who has had a long-standing feud with the family. Vowing vengeance, Ericson tracks the farmer down and murders him. From this point on he returns to a life of crime with a vengeance, drifting from one bank robbery to the next, leaving bodies in his wake. Along the way he picks
up several different partners (York, Newman, Kenneally) and another girl friend, Harvey, who just happens to be the widow of a stoolie Ericson has murdered. Months of bank robbing and killing soon lead Ericson to the Kansas City Massacre, where he participates in the slaughter of two FBI agents
and one local lawman while trying to free a fellow gangster. During the bloody battle, the gangster they were trying to free is killed and Ericson becomes the FBI's Public Enemy No. 1 (although Floyd denied to his dying day that he had anything to do with the massacre and there is evidence to
support him). After this sensational crime, Ericson is forced to flee to Ohio where he hides out on a farm near East Liverpool. The FBI is right behind him and on October 22, 1934, Ericson is gunned down by the lawmen.
Although PRETTY BOY FLOYD was a low-budget effort, director-writer Leder managed to evoke the period with a certain amount of skill. The fast-paced screenplay hums along from one incident to the next, aided by old newsreel footage of the Oklahoma farm community that spawned Floyd. The protection
provided by Floyd's friends and neighbors is also documented, as is his delusion that he was some sort of modern-day Robin Hood. While far from a cinematic masterpiece, PRETTY BOY FLOYD is a well-crafted, fairly insightful, low-budget crime film that will please fans of the genre.
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- Review: The life and times of infamous Oklahoma murderer and bank robber Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd are chronicled in this surprisingly accurate screen biography featuring Ericson as the legendary outlaw. The film begins as Ericson is released from prison a… (more)