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Gun Crazy (1950)

A well meaning crack shot husband is pressured by his beautiful marksman wife to go on an interstate robbery spree, where he finds out just how depraved and deadly she really is.

Director:

Joseph H. Lewis

Writers:

MacKinlay Kantor (screenplay), Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peggy Cummins ... Annie Laurie Starr
John Dall ... Bart Tare
Berry Kroeger ... Packett
Morris Carnovsky ... Judge Willoughby
Anabel Shaw ... Ruby Tare Flagler
Harry Lewis ... Deputy Clyde Boston
Nedrick Young ... Dave Allister
Trevor Bardette ... Sheriff Boston
Mickey Little Mickey Little ... Bart Tare (age 7)
Russ Tamblyn ... Bart Tare (age 14) (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Paul Frison Paul Frison ... Clyde Boston (age 14)
David Bair David Bair ... Dave Allister (age 7) (as Dave Bair)
Stanley Prager ... Bluey-Bluey
Virginia Farmer ... Miss Wynn
Anne O'Neal Anne O'Neal ... Miss Augustine Sifert
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Storyline

Since he was a child, Bart Tare has always loved guns. After leaving the army, his friends take him to a carnival, where he meets the perfect girl; Annie, a sharp-shooting sideshow performer who loves guns as much as he. The 2 run off and marry, but Annie isn't happy with their financial situation, so at her behest the couple begins a cross-country string of daring robberies. Never one to use guns for killing, Bart's dragged down into oblivion by the greedy and violent nature of the woman he loves. Written by Martin Lewison <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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SHE BELIEVES IN TWO THINGS...-love and violence! (original poster) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gefährliche Leidenschaft See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

King Brothers Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Bart and Laurie are loosely based on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the scene in which they hold up the factory appears to have been inspired by a holdup at the Nashville (AR) Coca-Cola factory in 1938 by two men, Floyd Hamilton and Huron "Terrible Ted" Walters. Hamilton was a former associate of Bonnie and Clyde's. See more »

Goofs

The position that Bart holds the gun changes, as Dave and Clyde walk up to Bart on the porch. See more »

Quotes

Annie Laurie Starr: I want a lot of things - big things!
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Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: Une vague nouvelle (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)
(uncredited)
Music by Bernie Wayne
Lyrics by Ben Raleigh
Sung by Frances Irvin at the dance club
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Happiness Is a Warm Gun
9 October 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Deprived of guns by well-meaning adults, fifteen-year-old Rusty Tamblyn (as Barton Tare) tries to steal one from a hardware store. Young Tamblyn explains, "Shooting's what I'm good at. It's what I want to do when I grow up," and explains his love for guns, "I feel good when I'm shooting them. I feel awful good, like I'm somebody." Charged with "Grand Larceny" and sent to reform school, the lad later emerges from the army as John Dall.

Still gunning for fun, Mr. Dall partners up with shapely carnival attraction Peggy Cummins (as Annie Laurie Starr), after besting her in a shooting contest. Obviously, the two are "Gun Crazy" soul-mates. Although Dall is basically a good man who suffers remorse from his only "kill" (a baby chicken), Ms. Cummins has already murdered a man. Wickedly evil, Cummins has no aversion to killing bystanders as the dynamic duo become notorious bank robbers.

Loosely based on the "Bonnie and Clyde" story, this makes Dall the protagonist hero and places the blame on his feminine companion. It's rooted in the biblical "Adam and evil" plot. But, while Cummins is given the short end of the original sin stick, she is marvelous in the role - just watch her eat a hamburger. Dall's characterization is also intoxicating. Under Joseph H. Lewis' superb direction, they form an essential link in the chain of crime duo films.

********* Gun Crazy (1/20/50) Joseph H. Lewis ~ John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger, Russ Tamblyn


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