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Director:
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Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 July 1956 (USA) See more »
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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!
Plot:
Whenever it becomes known how good he is with guns, ex-gunman George and his wife Dora have to flee the town... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Amusingly cast, first-rate western... See more (47 total) »

Cast

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

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Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Vinnie Harold:I'm lookin' for Fallon.
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Amusingly cast, first-rate western..., 25 August 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

In the small western town of Cross Creek, shy, antisocial shopkeeper Glenn Ford is hiding a secret past. Selling dresses and candy all day proves to be a bore, which leads Ford to some showing off in front of the saloon with gun feats that amaze the locals; unfortunately for Ford, lightning-fast gunslinger and bank robber Broderick Crawford (!) is just outside of town and soon learns of Ford's prowess. Quick, compact western is marvelously well-done, with beautiful cinematography by George Folsey and a tight script (by Frank D. Gilroy, based on his short story, and director Russell Rouse) underlined with a touch of sardonic humor. Crawford, looking like Fred Flintstone in a cowboy hat, is raffish and wily as the brutish villain, though fast-on-the-draw seems a bit of a stretch. Still, the movie is written in such a way that we don't want to quibble, and Ford's unhappy nervousness is something we can relate to (he has some charming moments as well, such as when he compliments wife Jeanne Crain on her earrings). Russ Tamblyn has a lively dancing sequence where he struts his stuff on shovels, and the finale--while probably not realistic--is certainly a crowd-pleaser. *** from ****

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