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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.

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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 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!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 July 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die erste Kugel trifft See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,383,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,246,000, 31 December 1956

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,535,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In a TCM introduction of Gilda (1944), Alec Baldwin confessed his admiration for Glenn Ford's performance in this movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Clint Fallon: Mr. I don't want to fight! But don't push it!
Vinnie Harold: Mr. Fallon I'm pushin' because I gotta know!
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Remake of The United States Steel Hour: The Last Notch (1954) See more »

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Tense western with the good surviving over evil theme
5 January 2002 | by moviestoseeSee all my reviews

Broderick Crawford is great as the criminal leader with a psychopathic ego who must continually show that he is the fastest gun around and Glenn Ford is super as the introverted shy storekeeper with a lightning fast draw. Supporting cast adds good depth and character. The blind man near the start of the movie who states that "no matter how fast you are there's always somebody faster" foretells the moral of the story. Highly recommend that this movie be seen by all fans of westerns.


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