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Deadly Is the Female (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.

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Cast

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Morris Carnovsky ...
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Ruby Tare Flagler
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Nedrick Young ...
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Sheriff Boston
Mickey Little ...
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Bart Tare (age 14) (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Paul Frison ...
David Bair ...
Dave Allister (age 7) (as Dave Bair)
Stanley Prager ...
Bluey-Bluey
Virginia Farmer ...
Miss Wynn
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 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 <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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The Flaming Life of LAURIE STARR (The Lethal Blonde) See more »


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20 January 1950 (USA)  »

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Gun Crazy  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Dall and Peggy Cummins did all their own driving in the film, and according to Joseph H. Lewis, only one process shot (i.e., rear projection behind the actors pretending to drive) was used in the entire film. See more »

Goofs

The sheriff takes his arm off the back of the bench twice. See more »

Quotes

Bluey-Bluey: You're gonna see her again tonight, aren't you?
Bart: What's wrong with that?
Bluey-Bluey: Nothing, but she ain't the type that makes a happy home.
Bart: Alright, out with it. What's on your mind?
Bluey-Bluey: It's just that some guys are born smart about women and some guys are born dumb.
Bart: Some guys are born clowns.
Bluey-Bluey: You were born dumb.
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Referenced in Mississippi Mermaid (1969) 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 (Rego Park, NY) – See 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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