The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  12 July 1956 (USA)
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In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dora Temple
Vinnie Harold
Eric Doolittle
Harvey Maxwell
Lou Glover
Taylor Swope
Dink Wells (as Noah Beery)
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Kevin McGovern
Brian Tibbs
Rose Tibbs
Chubby Johnson ...
Frank Stringer
Ben Buddy
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Lars Toomey
Christopher Olsen ...
Bobby Tibbs (as Chris Olsen)


Whenever it becomes known how good he is with guns, ex-gunman George and his wife Dora have to flee the town, in fear of all the gunmen who might want to challenge him. Unfortunately he again spills his secret when he's drunk. All citizens swear to keep his secret and support him to give up his guns forever -- but a boy tells the story to a gang of wanted criminals. Their leader threatens to burn down the whole town, if he doesn't duel him. Written by Tom Zoerner <>

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WHAT HAPPENS in the next few minutes makes one of the most dramatic climaxes of any story you've ever seen!




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12 July 1956 (USA)  »

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Die erste Kugel trifft  »

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George Temple explains to the men in the bar how a real gunslinger wears his gun low so his hand rests on the butt. Then when he goes and gets his own gun and straps it on, it's riding high enough on his waist so that his fingertips can almost touch the bottom tip of the holster and his hand is below the butt of the gun. See more »


[first lines]
Vinnie Harold: I'm lookin' for Fallon.
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an excellent western
9 June 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am not a fan of Westerns in general. Many have the old predictable clichéd plots and are amazingly dull to me. That's why when I find a really unusual and well-made Western, I try to mention it on IMDb. Although this is not my favorite one (that would go to The Big Country), it is one of the better ones I've seen. So, what makes it so watchable? First, this is no macho shoot 'em up picture--there are lots of quiet moments as well. Secondly, the movie isn't easy to predict and the ending is AMAZING. Third, you can tell that the writers really tried hard to do something DIFFERENT.

By the way, if you like this movie about a fast gunslinger, I also highly recommend The Gunfighter (with Gregory Peck). They have a lot of similarities but are different enough that I recommend you see both.

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