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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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In a street scene, tiny cars moving along a highway can be seen in the background. In another scene, power lines and a pole can be seen. See more »

Quotes

Vinnie Harold: [Throwing some coins up by the Saloon] My name is Harold! Vinnie Harold! The moneys to get him a Headstone, to say he was killed by the fastest gun there is.
Blind Man: That's not so.
Vinnie Harold: What?
Blind Man: There's a faster gun then yours.
Vinnie Harold: Who carries it?
Blind Man: You'll find out.
Vinnie Harold: Who carries it?
Blind Man: You'll find out when you least expect it. In a place where'd you'd never expect it.
Vinnie Harold: [Waving his hand in front of his face] You couldn't see me draw! How can you say anyones faster? How can you say anyones faster?
Blind Man: Because there always is! No...
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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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