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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 6 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.

Director:

Russell Rouse

Writers:

Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay), Russell Rouse (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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)
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Storyline

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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Drama | Western

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Trivia

Despite his reputation as the "fastest gun alive", Temple states emphatically that he's never drawn on a man. That would put him at a significant psychological disadvantage to Harold, who shoots to kill every time. Harold also fans his gun three times, usually a desperation measure because fanning makes it difficult to steady the gun on the target. Glenn Ford, along with John Doucette, who is also in the picture, was a legitimate fast draw with a sidearm. See more »

Goofs

When Glenn Ford exits the church, his shadow is behind him on his right side. Moments later when he steps down, his shadow is behind him on his left side. And, a huge shadow from a building is shown in the street, but is disappears moments later as the men approach each other. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Lou Glover: Must give you a funny feeling to look at your own grave.
Dora Temple: What's down there, Lou?
Lou Glover: Oh, just a coffin full of stones and the reputation of the fastest gun alive.
Dora Temple: And the gun?
George Temple: That's down there, too.
Dora Temple: Well, I guess that takes care of everything.
George Temple: I guess we can go home now.
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Connections

Remake of The United States Steel Hour: The Last Notch (1954) See more »

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Different but very good western
17 November 1998 | by SchryerSee all my reviews

To his friends and neighbors George Temple (Glenn Ford) is a mild-mannered store keeper. But, unknown to all but his wife, George is obsessed with guns because in his youth he lacked the courage to go up against his lawman father's killer. Through years of secret practice George has become the fastest draw in the west, but he is still afraid of drawing against a man. When a ruthless gunman (Broderick Crawford) comes to town and threatens to burn it down Temple is forced to overcome his fears and try to stop him. This finely-crafted western deserves more recognition than it has received. If you like westerns, try to catch this one.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1956 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$1,383,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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