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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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A Belt and a Notch for Glenn Ford See more (49 total) »


  (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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Additional Details

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

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Factual errors: 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 »
[first lines]
Vinnie Harold:I'm lookin' for Fallon.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A Belt and a Notch for Glenn Ford, 14 January 2011
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Folks in the western town of "Cross Creek" think gentle storekeeper Glenn Ford (as George Temple) is a gun-shy teetotaler. When they drink and tell stories about gunmen who shoot fast from the hip, Mr. Ford becomes disturbed. Beautiful pregnant wife Jeanne Crain (as Dora) tries to comfort her man, but Ford is unable to conceal his secret; he gets drunk and tells a saloon full of men he's "The Fastest Gun Alive". Meanwhile, nasty gunslinger Broderick Crawford (as Vinnie Harold) is busy building his reputation as the area's quickest draw. When Mr. Crawford learns a fast gunslinger is in the area, he wants a duel...

This is a surprisingly thoughtful western parable, which director Russell Rouse and writer Frank D. Gilroy bring effectively to the motion picture screen. There is a rushed, low-budget quality to some of the story. But, many in the supporting cast make it look almost natural. Ford proves himself to be an excellent leading man; this was one of several films which propelled him into the annual "Top Ten Money-Making Stars" list prepared by Quigley Publications. A completely out-of-place and literally "off the wall" dance sequence by Russ Tamblyn (as Eric) is an early highlight; why wasn't this in "That's Entertainment"?

******* The Fastest Gun Alive (7/6/56) Russell Rouse ~ Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Russ Tamblyn

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