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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 6 July 1956 (USA)
In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

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Russell Rouse

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Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay), Russell Rouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glenn Ford ... George Temple / George Kelby, Jr.
Jeanne Crain ... Dora Temple
Broderick Crawford ... Vinnie Harold
Russ Tamblyn ... Eric Doolittle
Allyn Joslyn ... Harvey Maxwell
Leif Erickson ... Lou Glover
John Dehner ... Taylor Swope
Noah Beery Jr. ... Dink Wells (as Noah Beery)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Kevin McGovern
Rhys Williams ... Brian Tibbs
Virginia Gregg ... Rose Tibbs
Chubby Johnson ... Frank Stringer
John Doucette ... Ben Buddy
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Lars Toomey
Christopher Olsen ... Bobby Tibbs (as Chris Olsen)
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Storyline

Whenever it becomes known how good he is with guns, ex-gunman George and his wife Dora have to flee the town, in fear of all the gunmen who might want to challenge him. Unfortunately he again spills his secret when he's drunk. All citizens swear to keep his secret and support him to give up his guns forever -- but a boy tells the story to a gang of wanted criminals. Their leader threatens to burn down the whole town, if he doesn't duel him. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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WHAT HAPPENS in the next few minutes makes one of the most dramatic climaxes of any story you've ever seen!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die erste Kugel trifft See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,383,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a TCM introduction of Gilda (1944), Alec Baldwin confessed his admiration for Glenn Ford's performance in this movie. See more »

Goofs

George Temple explains to the men in the bar how a real gunslinger wears his gun low so his hand rests on the butt. Then when he goes and gets his own gun and straps it on, it's riding high enough on his waist so that his fingertips can almost touch the bottom tip of the holster and his hand is below the butt of the gun. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lou Glover: Must give you a funny feeling to look at your own grave.
Dora Temple: What's down there, Lou?
Lou Glover: Oh, just a coffin full of stones and the reputation of the fastest gun alive.
Dora Temple: And the gun?
George Temple: That's down there, too.
Dora Temple: Well, I guess that takes care of everything.
George Temple: I guess we can go home now.
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Great Glen Ford Classic
4 September 2007 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Enjoyed this film mainly because I like Broderick Crawford, (Vinnie Harold) who was too old and too fat to be the fastest gun in this film and a great young star Glenn Ford, (George Temple) who had dark deep secrets to hid in the small town of Cross Creek. George Temple was married to Dora Temple, (Jeanne Crain) who had to suffer with her husband's past and they finally decided to locate in a new town to live in and they were store owners. However, George had a real bad habit of loving guns and also being an expert sharp shooter. Vinnie Harold went from town to town looking for the fastest gun and killed everyone that he came across who thought he could out draw him in a good old Western duel in the street of some town. Jeanne Crain gave a great supporting role and looked very young and pretty along with a very handsome looking Glenn Ford. This is a good classic 1956 black and white film, but is very entertaining.


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