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The Fastest Gun Alive -- Gunman George and his wife Dora are trying to live a peaceful life. But George's gunslinging ways are legendary - and attract the attention of other gunmen who feel up for a challenge.


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12 July 1956 (USA) See more »
WHAT HAPPENS in the next few minutes makes one of the most dramatic climaxes of any story you've ever seen!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... George Temple / George Kelby, Jr.

Jeanne Crain ... Dora Temple

Broderick Crawford ... Vinnie Harold

Russ Tamblyn ... Eric Doolittle

Allyn Joslyn ... Harvey Maxwell

Leif Erickson ... Lou Glover

John Dehner ... Taylor Swope

Noah Beery Jr. ... Dink Wells (as Noah Beery)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Kevin McGovern

Rhys Williams ... Brian Tibbs

Virginia Gregg ... Rose Tibbs
Chubby Johnson ... Frank Stringer

John Doucette ... Ben Buddy
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Lars Toomey
Christopher Olsen ... Bobby Tibbs (as Chris Olsen)
Paul Birch ... Sheriff Bill Toledo (Yellowfork)
Florenz Ames ... Joe Fenwick
Joseph Sweeney ... Reverend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Baldwin ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Townsman (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Fred Fenwick (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Jim Drews (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Swamper (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Customer (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Josh Wilson (uncredited)
Walter Coy ... Clint Fallon (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Cross Creek Accordianist (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Silver Rapids Deputy (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Walter Hutchins (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Clement Farley (uncredited)
Harvey B. Dunn ... Teller (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Grace Fenwick (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Silver Rapids Townsman (uncredited)
Eddy Grove ... Young Customer (uncredited)
John Halloran ... (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Myron Spink (uncredited)

Earle Hodgins ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
Vivi Janiss ... Mabel Brown (uncredited)
Ray Jones ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Silver Rapids Townsman (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Janet Lake ... Theresa Barton (uncredited)
Luana Lee ... Lois Fenwick (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Tucker Eddy (uncredited)
Florence MacAfee ... (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Roebel (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Silver Rapids Deputy (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Sam Griggs (uncredited)
John McKee ... Deputy (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... (uncredited)

J. Pat O'Malley ... Cross Creek Townsman (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Jennie Hutchins (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Rancher (uncredited)
Dayton Osmond ... Pat Brown (uncredited)
Carl Pitti ... Earl Held (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Doc Jennings (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman in Bank (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Barfly (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)

George Selk ... Doctor (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Sheriff in Silver Rapids (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Nolan Brown (uncredited)

Jeri Weil ... Linda Hutchins (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Mrs. Buddy (uncredited)

Directed by
Russell Rouse 
Writing credits
Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay) and
Russell Rouse (screenplay)

Frank D. Gilroy (story "The Last Notch")

Produced by
Clarence Greene .... producer
Original Music by
André Previn 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey 
Film Editing by
Harry V. Knapp 
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Merrill Pye 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred MacLean)
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Scott Perry Sr. .... sound editor (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Michael J. McDonald .... score remixer (uncredited)
André Previn .... conductor (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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89 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1956) | USA:Approved (certificate #17971) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Crisis in Cross Creek., 5 May 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Fastest Gun Alive is directed by Russell Rouse and is adapted by Rouse and Frank D. Gilroy from a Gilroy story titled The Last Notch. It stars Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Russ Tamblyn, Allyn Joslyn, Leif Erickson, John Dehner and Noah Beery Junior. A black and white production out of MGM, it's photographed by George J. Folsey and features music by André Previn.

The town of Cross Creek is home to a very mild man named George Temple (Ford), there he runs the local store and lives in peaceful harmony with his wife Dora (Crain). Then one day the town hears news of how outlaw Vinnie Harold (Crawford) has gunned down Clint Fallon, the once thought of fastest gunman alive. It's not long before the talk of other fast guns dominates discussion, with George becoming increasingly agitated at how the town people view him as meek and mild. With his pride hurt, George sets about dispelling some myths about fast gunmen and his own current persona. With that comes trouble, big trouble for everyone in Cross Creek when Vinnie Harold rolls into town.

By the time of The Fastest Gun Alive's release, the psychological Western was in full flow. Anthony Mann had blazed the trail with his genre defining run of Western's that he made with James Stewart, the last of which would be in 1955 with The Man From Laramie. From there the torch would be picked up with some aplomb by the pairing of Budd Boetticher and Randolph Scott, who began with Seven Men From Now in this same year as The Fastest Gun Alive. Away from those genre legends, many directors were turning their hands to more adult/serious Western's, some successful, some not so and some which have been forgotten, rightly or wrongly, for various reasons, when the subject of psychological Western's arises. Probably on account of it's lower tier director, The Fastest Gun Alive is the latter.

The title actually doesn't help the film, it immediately conjures up images of a man creating death with his whippy pistols. Suffice to say it isn't that sort of film, and those that have previously been lured in by the title, have no doubt felt a little short changed. Rouse's movie is more concerned with mood and the psychology of the principal players in Gilroy's story. Both Ford and Crawford's characters are driven by motives, that although different, inevitably means a collision is unavoidable. But the story isn't just about these two men, it takes time to involve loved ones and the people of the town, all are involved and as it turns out, all are key elements as to why the film is a character driven little gem. While what action there is is competently handled by the director, notably the finale that also comes with an unbearable precursor of tension.

What problems there are in the picture are thankfully only minor. Crawford is just a touch too much one note, but such is his hulking frame he looks the part of a brutish bully and he gets away with it. Tamblyn is seriously out of place, almost as much as his dance number is! It's skillful and delightful: if only it were in the right movie. For it shifts the tone of the film downwards and you have to wonder who made the ridiculous decision to include it in the film. But away from those issues it's all good. Crain looks stunning and plays emotive worry with ease, while Dehner does a nice line in shifty side-kick. But it's Ford who takes the honours, either playing it as a tortured soul who's emotionally conflicted, or as a man who is genuinely scared, Ford convinces and draws the audience into the unfolding drama.

Forget any notion of a stereotype suggested by the film's title and enjoy the atypical way in which the movie deals with its characters. This is a good un, very much so. 8/10

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