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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
Chubby Johnson ...
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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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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Die erste Kugel trifft  »

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Goofs

Both the tombstones of Harrold and Kelby are dated November 7, 1889. This is just after church and after the gunfight. November 7 1889 was on a Thursday not a Sunday. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lou Glover: Must give you a funny feeling to look at your own grave.
Dora Temple: What's down there, Lou?
Lou Glover: Oh, just a coffin full of stones and the reputation of the fastest gun alive.
Dora Temple: And the gun?
George Temple: That's down there, too.
Dora Temple: Well, I guess that takes care of everything.
George Temple: I guess we can go home now.
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Remake of The United States Steel Hour: The Last Notch (1954) See more »

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Interesting and Enjoyable Western
5 October 2006 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

"The Fastest Gun Alive" is not one of those that come easily to your mind when you think about westerns. No one could say this a classic or even a great movie in the genre.

However, if you analyze this film you can't find major flaws or weaknesses in it. In fact, "The Fast Gun Alive" has an original plot with more than one real good moments, an acceptable direction and development, interesting characters, a very good casting and a tense surprising and much original ending.

Glenn Ford is most convincing as the man of the title that has to face a dangerous situation that his own search for respect and insecurity brings against him. Broderick Crawford renders a real good performance as the gunfighter who has to constantly prove to himself that he is the best and second to no one. Jeanne Crain plays Ford's wife, the woman that suffers because of his husband's insatisfactions with his life. Noah Beery, Jr. and John Dennher credit the supporting cast as Crawford's sidekicks.

I have to say I found this film interesting and enjoyable; most recommendable for western fans.


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