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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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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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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)  »

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Die erste Kugel trifft  »

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$1,383,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Broderick Crawford says "Do what I tell ya" in both The Fastest Gun Alive and in Born Yesterday. See more »

Goofs

George Temple explains to the men in the bar how a real gunslinger wears his gun low so his hand rests on the butt. Then when he goes and gets his own gun and straps it on, it's riding high enough on his waist so that his fingertips can almost touch the bottom tip of the holster and his hand is below the butt of the gun. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

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

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Tense western with the good surviving over evil theme
5 January 2002 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Broderick Crawford is great as the criminal leader with a psychopathic ego who must continually show that he is the fastest gun around and Glenn Ford is super as the introverted shy storekeeper with a lightning fast draw. Supporting cast adds good depth and character. The blind man near the start of the movie who states that "no matter how fast you are there's always somebody faster" foretells the moral of the story. Highly recommend that this movie be seen by all fans of westerns.


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