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Gun Crazy (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 20 January 1950 (USA)
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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Her Violent Loves! Her Vicious Crimes! Her Wild Escapes! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun Crazy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The script calls for the police, the dogs and the police cars to be seen as they surround Bart and Laurie in the climactic swamp scene, but director Joseph H. Lewis decided to keep the camera on the couple with only the sounds of their pursuers coming out of the mist. On the page, Bart and Laurie were meant to separate after the meat-packing plant robbery, but Lewis decided to have them stop short in the cars they were driving in the opposite direction and, in broad daylight with the police closing in, run into each other's arms and drive off together, leaving one of their getaway vehicles in the road. See more »

Goofs

Cameraman, camera and tripod shadow visible when car cuts through canyon in final chase. See more »

Quotes

Bluey-Bluey: That's where the real money is made, buster. Yes sir, we got the crookedest carnival layout west of the Mississippi. Why, we got more ways of making suckers than we got suckers. When we pull out of this bird tomorrow morning, the natives will have nothing but some old collar buttons and rusty bobby pins.
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Connections

Featured in Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) 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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Crazy bout this underrated gem
6 October 2002 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Sharpshooters Ben Tare and Annie Laurie Starr, fall in love at a carnival sideshow, marry soon after and hope for a peaceful married life. When the money runs out Annie tells Ben that using the guns for nefarious purposes will the only way for them to survive. While placid Ben agrees to the proposal, trigger happy Annie soon gets them deeper and deeper in trouble with the law following robbery after robbery, stickup after stickup, until it becomes kill or be killed. Very daring and overlooked film, rises above the status of the B movie genre to which this film is delegated to. Cummins is perfect as the gun-crazed, as well the love-hungry Annie. Great cinematography by Russell Harlan, shooting all of the bank holdups from the back seat of the couple's car, making the audience feel a part of the getaway. Rating, 9 of 10


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