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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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User Reviews:
Fine Precursor to "Bonnie and Clyde" See more (91 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 Fleeing 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:A (original rating) | 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 originally scheduled for an Allied Artists release, the film was ultimately distributed by United Artists.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The position that Bart holds the gun changes, as Dave and Clyde walk up to Bart on the porch.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:
Referenced in Mississippi Mermaid (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mad About YouSee more »

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39 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
Fine Precursor to "Bonnie and Clyde", 8 November 2005
Author: evanston_dad from United States

The original title of "Gun Crazy" was "Deadly Is the Female," and they ain't kidding. If you thought Faye Dunaway's Bonnie Parker was the more ruthless member of the crime duo that gave Arthur Penn's 1967 film its name, wait till you get a load of Peggy Cummins's Annie in this little known cheapie from 1949. I wouldn't want to get on this woman's bad side; she can shoot cigarettes out of people's mouths, for God's sake.

"Gun Crazy" is such an obvious influence on Penn's "Bonnie and Clyde" that I can't believe the later film doesn't credit it directly. Though the 1949 film is based on a short story that appeared in the "Saturday Evening Post" and the 1967 film worked with an original screenplay, both films could have been adapted from the same source. They portray the Annie/Bonnie character as bored and restless, turned on by the thought of crime and by a manly man who can really use his "gun." The Bart/Clyde character is tickled by the idea of being a virile stud in the eyes of his lover, but is ultimately too sensitive for the life they choose. And both films do a good job of portraying the desperation that plagues both couples, the isolation and loneliness they create for themselves and can never break out of, and the ultimate futility of their actions, since the "law" is going to catch up with them sooner or later.

Peggy Cummins is really good in this. I don't know what else she's been in, but her baby-doll voice creates an effective contrast to her colder-than-ice attitude. She's crooning into her lover's ear one minute and itching to kill someone the next. And you have to dig those French-inspired fashions that would cause a sensation nearly 20 years later when Dunaway donned them again for Penn's film.

I thought John Dall was at first odd casting for the role of Bart. Annie is supposed to think of him as a man's man, and Dall, with his willowy physique and gentle mannerisms is far from that. But then when we realize that he's at heart really too gentle for the life he and Annie have chosen for themselves, his casting makes sense.

There are some small touches to this film that really add to its immediacy and realism. I loved the scenes of Annie and Bart driving to and from their heist jobs, shot from the back seat of the car as if we are a member of their gang. They have really funny and natural banter back and forth about where to park, etc. which I have to believe was improvised to some extent. The ending of the film, a face off in a creepy swamp, is eerie, and there's a small twist in the last seconds of the film that might be easy to miss but may give you some things to think about if you catch it.

It's interesting, and rather depressing, that one of the main themes of this film is the obsession with guns and violence that pervaded the country nearly 60 years ago, and here we are a handful of wars later, still dragging around the same old obsessions. Michael Moore's recent documentary "Bowling for Columbine" could have just as easily been called "Gun Crazy," if that title weren't already taken by this forgotten little blast of a movie.

Grade: A-

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