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Gun Crazy (1950)
"Deadly Is the Female" (original title)

Passed  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  20 January 1950 (USA)
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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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barton Tare
Berry Kroeger ...
Morris Carnovsky ...
Anabel Shaw ...
Ruby Tare Flagler
Harry Lewis ...
Nedrick Young ...
Sheriff Boston
Mickey Little ...
Bart Tare (age 14) (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Paul Frison ...
David Bair ...
Dave Allister (age 7) (as Dave Bair)
Stanley Prager ...
Virginia Farmer ...
Miss Wynn
Anne O'Neal ...
Miss Augustine Sifert


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 two run off and marry, but Annie isn't happy with their financial situation, so at her behest the couple begins a crosscountry string of daring robberies. Never one to use guns for killing, Bart is dragged down into oblivion by the greedy and violent nature of the woman he loves. Written by Martin Lewison <>

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Release Date:

20 January 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gun Crazy  »

Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The screen credits indicate that the script was written by MacKinlay Kantor and Millard Kaufman. However, it was revealed in 1992 that Kaufman had acted as a front for blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo. See more »


After shooting bottles, Bart opens a can of beer. His arm changes position. See more »


Annie Laurie Starr: Let's go for a walk on the beach.
Bart: I just read an article about funerals.
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Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)
Music by Bernie Wayne
Lyrics by Ben Raleigh
Sung by Frances Irvin at the dance club
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A Bad Woman Can Ruin You!
20 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had heard a lot about this when I first discovered "film noir," and I was not disappointed. It was very entertaining. I still enjoy watching this periodically, even after a half-dozen viewings.

John Dall and Peggy Cummins make one of the more interesting male-female pairings I've ever seen on film. Cummins is one of the prettiest women I've seen from the noir era and fascinating to view throughout this movie. I'm sorry her other films aren't on video. She didn't do many movies in the U.S.

The character Dall plays is good, too, although in the end his constant whining over the predicament he got into gets a little annoying. He plays the nice guy who is led astray by the bad woman. Yes, another classic example of the old Rabbinic saying that "a bad woman will always drag down a good man."

Innovative camera-work also make this fun to watch. At just under an hour-and- a-half, this is a fast-moving, always-entertaining film noir that lives up to its hype.

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