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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 6 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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Cast

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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
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Bobby Tibbs (as Chris Olsen)
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Storyline

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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Drama | Western

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6 July 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die erste Kugel trifft  »

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$1,383,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

In a TCM introduction of Gilda, actor Alec Baldwin confessed his admiration for Glenn Ford's performance in this movie. See more »

Goofs

When Glenn Ford exits the church, his shadow is behind him on his right side. Moments later when he steps down, his shadow is behind him on his left side. And, a huge shadow from a building is shown in the street, but is disappears moments later as the men approach each other. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Bill Toledo: This fella George Kelby musta been pretty fast.
Harvey Maxwell: He was the fastest man alive.
Sheriff Bill Toledo: Then how come he's dead?
Harvey Maxwell: He wanted it that way.
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Connections

Referenced in El pobre García (1961) See more »

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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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