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Deadly Is the Female
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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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Awards:
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Lovers-on-the-lam saga transmuted into poetic American tragedy See more (85 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
The movie's poster was voted #25 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: A shadow is visible on Bart as he walks through the meat packing plant.See more »
Quotes:
Packett:I saw the two of you, the way you were looking at each other tonight, like a couple of wild animals. Almost scared me.
Annie Laurie Starr:It should. He's a MAN.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Rules of Film Noir (2009) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mad About YouSee more »

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46 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Lovers-on-the-lam saga transmuted into poetic American tragedy, 26 May 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

Joseph H. Lewis' low-budget saga of a couple of star-crossed lovers shooting their way across the modern west may be the most achingly romantic entry in the entire noir cycle. Apart from an awkward and superfluous prologue that isn't of a piece with the rest of the film, it pushes its protagonists, and the doomed devotion that binds them together, front and center in almost every frame. Other players skitter distantly around the periphery; John Dall and Peggy Cummins take and hold the screen (she radiantly and naturally, he more reticently and stagily), making Gun Crazy in essence a two-character movie. And what a movie.

A young loner for whom firearms hold a fetishistic allure, Bart Tare (Dall) strolls into a carnival sideshow one evening where he encounters his kismet – sharpshooter Annie Laurie Starr (Cummins), the main attraction. As soon as she makes her entrance she feels his eyes burning into her, and when he takes the challenge to outshoot her, with each in turn donning a crown of matches to be ignited by the other's bullets, they both know they're playing with fire. He joins the show, but when their courtship gets them both canned, they hit the road.

Their honeymoon wanderings are a forlorn sketch of American road travel circa mid-century, as in Nabokov's Lolita: The motels, beaneries and tourist traps beckon brightly but fail to satisfy. When a fling in Vegas leaves them broke, they sit dwarfed under the vaulted, Gothic arch of a diner where they can't even pony up the extra five cents for onions with their hamburgers.

Plainly Cummins didn't bargain for genteel poverty when she set her cowboy hat for Dall – she didn't take him for such a straight-shooter. She craves luxury and, even more, excitement – blood. Only when she hints at leaving does he cave in to her bidding, and they start knocking over liquor stores, gas stations, banks. (The movie's only real playfulness emerges in the costumes they get themselves up in to pull various jobs.)

But money isn't much good to them on the lam – shivering in a shack during a Montana blizzard – so they agree to head down to Mexico, buy a little spread, raise some kids – after one last job, robbing the payroll at an Armour Packing plant. Here Cummins' blood-lust finally erupts, and, wanted now for murder, they find themselves with no place to run. Even Dall's sister offers them a frosty reception at the family homestead (`Gee, what cute kids,' Cummins observes in a voice flat as a frozen flapjack). So they head for the hills where Dall used to shoot and cavort as a boy – and where he's destined finally to break his lifelong vow never to kill.

Those final scenes of the lovers clutching one another as the dogs bay in the night, and amid the wild grasses and morning mists as their captors close in, approach a kind of spare poetry. A story of a couple of misfits on the wrong side of the law transcends its genre and turns into an authentic American tragedy. It's poignant and riveting, this ballad of Bart Tare and Annie Laurie Starr.

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