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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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Release Date:
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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Interesting and Enjoyable Western 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 Bacon ... Teller (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Blind Man (uncredited)

Ray Bennett ... (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Townsman (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Fred Fenwick (uncredited)
Nora Bush ... Mrs. Eddy (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)
Ray Spiker ... Silver Rapids Townsman (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 | Australia:G (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1956) | USA:Approved (certificate #17971) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Factual errors: Glenn Ford's pistol is already cocked while in his holster. A professional gunfighter would never do that because of the very likely possibility it would go off as soon as it was touched.See more »
[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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Interesting and Enjoyable Western, 5 October 2006
Author: ragosaal from Argentina

"The Fastest Gun Alive" is not one of those that come easily to your mind when you think about westerns. No one could say this a classic or even a great movie in the genre.

However, if you analyze this film you can't find major flaws or weaknesses in it. In fact, "The Fast Gun Alive" has an original plot with more than one real good moments, an acceptable direction and development, interesting characters, a very good casting and a tense surprising and much original ending.

Glenn Ford is most convincing as the man of the title that has to face a dangerous situation that his own search for respect and insecurity brings against him. Broderick Crawford renders a real good performance as the gunfighter who has to constantly prove to himself that he is the best and second to no one. Jeanne Crain plays Ford's wife, the woman that suffers because of his husband's insatisfactions with his life. Noah Beery, Jr. and John Dennher credit the supporting cast as Crawford's sidekicks.

I have to say I found this film interesting and enjoyable; most recommendable for western fans.

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