The F.B.I. Story - The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number (1974)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Detective Film  |   Run Time - 100 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This somewhat clunkily titled TV movie was an offshoot of producer Quinn Martin's series The FBI. Robert Foxworth plays Depression-era desperado Alvin Karpis, who for nearly five years eluded capture while committing bank robberies, kidnappings and murders. Karpis finally comes acropper when the FBI's J. Edgar Hoover (Harris Yulin) enters the case. Since this film was made long before Hoover became every filmmaker's favorite historical villain, he is depicted in shining-knight terms, a sharp contrast to the loathsome Karpis. Producer Martin had planned to produce six to nine additional TV-movies based on authentic FBI files, but dropped the project after only three entries. The FBI Vs. Alvin Karpis was first telecast November 8, 1974.



gangster, FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), kidnapping, killing, robbery