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Gun Crazy (1950)

Deadly Is the Female (original title)
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 overview, first billed only:
Berry Kroeger ...
Morris Carnovsky ...
Ruby Tare Flagler
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 <lewison+@pitt.edu>

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


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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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Although originally scheduled for an Allied Artists release, the film was ultimately distributed by United Artists. See more »


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


Annie Laurie Starr: Come on, Bart, let's finish it the way we started it: on the level.
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Mad About You
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Frances Irvin
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Happiness Is a Warm Gun
9 October 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See 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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