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Director:
Writers (WGA):
MacKinlay Kantor (screenplay) and
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) (front Millard Kaufman) ...
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Release Date:
20 January 1950 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
SHE BELIEVES IN TWO THINGS...-love and violence! (original poster) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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It's a tawdry, full-hearted, tortured romance with the best photography money couldn't buy See more (85 total) »

Cast

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Peggy Cummins ... Annie Laurie Starr

John Dall ... Barton 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 ... Bart Tare (age 7)

Russ Tamblyn ... Bart Tare (age 14) (as Rusty Tamblyn)
Paul Frison ... Clyde Boston (age 14)
David Bair ... Dave Allister (age 7) (as Dave Bair)
Stanley Prager ... Bluey-Bluey
Virginia Farmer ... Miss Wynn
Anne O'Neal ... Miss Augustine Sifert
Frances Irvin ... Danceland Singer (as Frances Irwin)
Robert Osterloh ... Hampton Policeman
Shimen Ruskin ... Cab Driver
Harry Hayden ... Mr. Mallenberg
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Barr ... Proprietor / Diner Cook (uncredited)

Don Beddoe ... Man from Chicago (uncredited)
Joseph Crehan ... Plant Foreman (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... State Policeman on Phone (uncredited)
Dick Elliott ... Man Running Out of Robbed Market (uncredited)
Ross Elliott ... Detective (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Cashier (uncredited)
Pat Gleason ... Carnival Barker (uncredited)

Arthur Hecht ... Ira Flagler (uncredited)
George Lynn ... Holdup Victim (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Customer at Sharpshooting Act (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Court Clerk (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... California Border Inspector (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Meat Plant Guard (uncredited)
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Directed by
Joseph H. Lewis 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
MacKinlay Kantor (screenplay) and
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) front Millard Kaufman

MacKinlay Kantor (story "Gun Crazy")

Millard Kaufman (front for Dalton Trumbo)

Produced by
Frank King .... producer
Maurice King .... producer
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Harry W. Gerstad  (as Harry Gerstad)
 
Production Design by
Gordon Wiles 
 
Set Decoration by
Raymond Boltz Jr. 
 
Makeup Department
Carla Hadley .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (as Frank S. Heath)
 
Sound Department
Tom Lambert .... sound engineer
 
Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lloyd Garnell .... gaffer (uncredited)
Eddie Jones .... still photographer (uncredited)
Harry Lewis .... grip (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Norma Koch .... wardrobe: Miss Cummins (as Norma)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator
Stuart Frye .... music editor
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
Arthur Gardner .... assistant to producers
Jack Herzberg .... continuity
Herman King .... technical advisor
Madeleine Robinson .... dialogue coach
Al J. Jennings .... technical consultant (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Deadly Is the Female" - USA (original title)
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Runtime:
86 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Canada:14A (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:L | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:PG (2008) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Approved (certificate #14023) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
Although Bart and Laurie are loosely based on Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, the scene in which they hold up the factory appears to have been inspired by a holdup at the Nashville, Arkansas, Coca-Cola factory in 1938 by two men, Floyd Hamilton and Huron "Terrible Ted" Walters. Hamilton was a former associate of Bonnie and Clyde's.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: After Bart and Annie ditch the car in the mountains and are on foot, Annie says she's tired. He tells her it's because of the altitude. At the end they're in a swamp. A swamp in the mountains at high altitude?See more »
Quotes:
Annie Laurie Starr:Bart, I've been kicked around all my life, and from now on, I'm gonna start kicking back.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Trumbo (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
Laughing on the Outside (Crying on the Inside)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
It's a tawdry, full-hearted, tortured romance with the best photography money couldn't buy, 11 November 2010
Author: secondtake from United States

Gun Crazy (1950)

The clumsy original title, Deadly is the Female, is surely accurate. Boy was Peggy Cummins perfect in this role, and it's odd she did little else with her career. She's no searing dame as in other noirs, but she's a kind of regular, cute girl who attracts not men, but one particular man, played by John Dall. Dall is a perfect victim. He plays the innocent ordinary American guy perfectly, better than even a James Stewart because he has no charisma, no ability to inspire those around him.

So Annie and Bart form a pair of misfits who fit together. And they both love guns, and are really really good with them.

The plot is pretty straight forward from here, but it's fast, and photographed with more vigor than most better films. The dialog pushes the artifice of noir-speak a bit hard, but I swallow it whole and love it as style. And besides, these are two unsophisticated people who might just talk a little corny and dramatic at times. And Annie is truly unpredictable, and her ups and downs are a thrill for us as much as a worry for poor Bart.

Yes, a femme fatale and a noir hero, isolated and doomed. And some riveting long take photography including the now legendary camera view from the back seat of a car, on and on, and on, showing them driving, getting out, waiting while they rob a bank, swerving out a little to look out the window, pulling back, and following them on their escape. It's about as good as B-movie camera-work innovation gets. Cinematographer Russell Harlan was an A-movie quality guy from the studios, later to do "Witness for the Prosecution" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." The angles, the close-ups on their sweaty faces, the moving camera. Check it out.

This is a great movie, in all. Legendary for many reasons. It has flaws if you want to see them that way. Or it has all the raw energy of a scrappy fighter who is determined to win, and does.

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