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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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Eric Doolittle
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Taylor Swope
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Dink Wells (as Noah Beery)
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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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,383,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,246,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,535,000, 31 December 1956
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In a TCM introduction of Gilda (1944), Alec Baldwin confessed his admiration for Glenn Ford's performance in this movie. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1 min) Where the posse is debating how to proceed, contrails are clearly visible in the sky. See more »

Quotes

Vinnie Harold: I'm lookin' for Fallon!
Clint Fallon: You the one I the one I been hear'n about? The one that's been lookin' all over for Fallon?
Vinnie Harold: Thats' right!
Clint Fallon: I'm Fallon!
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Referenced in El pobre García (1961) See more »

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Interesting and Enjoyable Western
5 October 2006 | by 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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