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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 12 July 1956 (USA)
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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Dora Temple
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Vinnie Harold
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Eric Doolittle
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Harvey Maxwell
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Lou Glover
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Taylor Swope
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Dink Wells (as Noah Beery)
J.M. Kerrigan ...
Kevin McGovern
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Brian Tibbs
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Rose Tibbs
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Frank Stringer
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Ben Buddy
William 'Bill' Phillips ...
Lars Toomey
Christopher Olsen ...
Bobby Tibbs (as Chris Olsen)
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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 <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Die erste Kugel trifft  »

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In a street scene, tiny cars moving along a highway can be seen in the background. In another scene, power lines and a pole can be seen. See more »

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[George straps on his gunbelt]
Dora Temple: What difference does that make?
George Temple: They've got to know who I am.
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Remake of The United States Steel Hour: The Last Notch (1954) See more »

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Different but very good western
17 November 1998 | by (Hamton, VA) – See all my reviews

To his friends and neighbors George Temple (Glenn Ford) is a mild-mannered store keeper. But, unknown to all but his wife, George is obsessed with guns because in his youth he lacked the courage to go up against his lawman father's killer. Through years of secret practice George has become the fastest draw in the west, but he is still afraid of drawing against a man. When a ruthless gunman (Broderick Crawford) comes to town and threatens to burn it down Temple is forced to overcome his fears and try to stop him. This finely-crafted western deserves more recognition than it has received. If you like westerns, try to catch this one.


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