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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

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 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:

14 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 December 1956 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Moordend lood 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

Sheriff Bill Toledo: This fella George Kelby musta been pretty fast.
Harvey Maxwell: He was the fastest man alive.
Sheriff Bill Toledo: Then how come he's dead?
Harvey Maxwell: He wanted it that way.
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Connections

Referenced in El pobre García (1961) See more »

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Amusingly cast, first-rate western...
25 August 2007 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

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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