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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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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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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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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

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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Remake of The United States Steel Hour: The Last Notch (1954) See more »

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Pretty good Western with usual ingredients : bank robberies , fast draw , street shootout and surprise ending
20 August 2013 | by (Santander Spain) – See all my reviews

Stand-out Western marvelously performed by an all-star-cast and stunningly directed . Whenever it becomes known how good he is with guns, ex-gunfighter George (Glenn Ford) and his wife Dora (Jeanne Crain) must flee the Cross Creek little town in fear of all the gunslingers who might want to challenge him , but villagers swear to hide his secret and support him . Some bandits (Broderick Crawford, John Dehner , Noah Beery Jr.) pass through and decide to spend that day . Citizens ask the unexperienced storekeeper to rid the little town of bandits when a vicious gang of freebooters arrives in town . George carries out protecting people who ran like rabbits when the going got roguish . He has to take a stand when a gang of nasty outlaws takes over his town . Meanwhile , the outlaws are pursued by a motley posse . What happens in the next few minutes makes one of the most dramatic climaxes of any story you've ever seen! .

This excellent , meaty Western contains interesting plot , intrigue , thrills , shootouts and results to be quite entertaining . Outstanding Western balances action , suspense and drama . It's a classical recounting about an unexperienced shopkeeper , general merchandise's owner , a peace-loving who is really an expert shooter and surrounded by cowards and frightening people ; being probably one of the best Western in the fifties and sixties . The highlights of the film are the climatic showdowns , the twisted surprise at church and , of course, the final gundown . The traditional story and exciting screenplay was well written by Frank D. Gilroy though clichés run through-out , the enjoyable tale is enhanced for interesting moments developed among main characters and especially on the relationship between Glenn Ford and his wife Jeanne Crain . Magnificently performed by Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford , they are awesome experts in the art of conjuring sensational acting , here are reunited in this atypical but thought-provoking western with a lot of reflection , distinguished moments and dramatical attitudes , in addition a multitude of entertaining situations . Top-notch plethora of secondary actors playing vicious, sadistic sociopaths who take advantage of the frightened townspeople such as Broderick Crawford , John Dhener, Noah Beery as well as villagers perfectly performed by Rhys Williams as Tibbs , Virginia Gregg as Rose , Chubby Johnson as Frank , John Doucette as Ben , Leif Erickson as as Lou and special appearance by Russ Tamblyn as Eric playing a spectacular as well as amusing dance number . Atmospheric cinematography in Black and White is superbly caught by cameraman cameraman George Folsey , though being necessary a correct remastering . Thrilling as well as lively musical score by Andre Previn .

This is another superbly powerful Western being compellingly directed by Russell Rouse . He was an expert screenwriter as the classic D.O.A. filmmaking occasionally for cinema all kind of genres as Caper films such as ¨The Caper of the Golden Bulls¨, Dramas as ¨The Oscar¨, Noir cinema such as ¨Wicked Woman¨, ¨New York Confidential¨ , ¨The Well¨ , ¨The thief¨ and another Western titled ¨Thunder in the sun¨. Well worth watching and it will appeal to Glenn Ford fans .


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