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      Gun Crazy

      Released Jan 20, 1950 1h 27m Crime Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 66 Reviews 84% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings When gun-obsessed pacifist Bart Tare (John Dall) witnesses expert shooter Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins) demonstrate her firearm prowess at a carnival one night, it's love at first sight. Aimless Bart joins the traveling show and begins a romance with Annie, but her dangerously rebellious spirit soon gets them both fired. After eloping, the young lovers embark on an armed robbery spree, managing to elude the authorities until Annie insists on pulling one last job. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Well-acted and strikingly filmed, Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) delves into the darkness of human nature with noir-fueled B-movie flair.

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      Mildred Martin Philadelphia Inquirer Dall is particularly good as the boy who only feels important with a gun in his hands, and Miss Cummins, a pleasant surprise histrionically as the girl who doesn't give a hoot about anything except John, money and not getting caught. Sep 15, 2021 Full Review Mae Tinee Chicago Tribune John Dall docs fine acting in this crime melodrama, which is frequently better than many of the more elaborate and expensive films on the same subject. Sep 15, 2021 Full Review Marjory Adams Boston Globe For the most part, the film seems to be one that you've seen before. Sep 14, 2021 Full Review Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand ... the greatest of the criminal lovers-on-the-run thriller, explodes onto the screen in a fury of sex and guns and love and violence... a masterpiece of style and a blast of cinematic ecstasy on a budget barely bigger than a B movie. May 4, 2024 Full Review Justine Smith Vague Visages In the film’s misty final stretch, the characters are lost in a dense fog. They anticipate their own demise, but they latch onto their weapons knowing very well that surrendering is no longer an option... Nov 21, 2023 Full Review Rob Gonsalves Rob's Movie Vault A vivacious, visually exciting noir. Rated: A Nov 23, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Bill B Overrated by the critics, the direction and pacing is a bit uneven in this Bonnie-and-Clyde type drama. Dall and Cummins are good and the finale is atmospheric. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/20/24 Full Review harwee h Somewhat a forgotten classic, but its about the cast in a pre-Bonnie and Clyde sense Rated 3 out of 5 stars 04/06/24 Full Review Simon T An obvious template for Bonnie and Clyde and Badlands, this low budget fugitives-on-the-run thriller uses soundstages and back projection to speed through its penny dreadful plot and is greatly assisted by crisp cinematography and - despite their lack of chemistry - decent performances by its two gun-toting leads. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 11/15/23 Full Review Matthew B The obsession with firearms in the U.S. has been a matter of concern for many. It may even be said to form part of the basis of Gun Crazy, Joseph H Lewis's 1950 film noir. I am not saying that the story was written for the express purpose of making a point about the fetishisation of guns, but that is certainly the message that many might take away from the movie. Joseph H Lewis is not one of America's most famous directors. He remained stuck in the background world of B-Movies, making films on a low budget with less well-known actors. Nonetheless for those who are familiar with Lewis's work, there is much to treasure in this quirky offbeat moviemaker. We might also note the curious choice of lead actors. John Dall's most famous role is playing a homosexual murderer in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller, Rope. I cannot recall seeing Peggy Cummins in any film other than Jacques Tourneur's horror movie, Curse of the Demon. Yet here both stars are cast in a completely different part. Even the screenplay has an unusual feature in that it was actually written by the blacklisted scriptwriter Dalton Trumbo under another name. Gun Crazy was made in a time when explicit violence and sex were censored on screen. Lewis seems to have made up for this in his instructions to his two actors. In one scene he suggested to Dall, "Your cock's never been so hard". As for Cummins, his instruction to her was, "You are a female dog in heat". Despite Lewis's efforts, neither actor exudes raw sexuality, but the director had to do the best he could with the actors available. The bank heist was carried out in one take, and members of the public were unaware what was happening. As in most scenes, Dall and Cummins did their own driving (it is said that Lewis only used one rear projection in the film). The typical camera shot is taken from the back of their getaway car, allowing the audience to see what they see. For the bank robbery, Lewis had a camera attached to a Sedan, which had the back ripped out. The director and crew were in the car, and the crew member with the boom mic was on the roof. The dialogue between Dall and Cummins has an improvisatory feel to it. It is a fine example of what can be done by an imaginative director with limited resources. Lewis made a number of interesting films, but none better than Gun Crazy. He captured the dangers of a society in which guns are glamorised, and where they offer the option of a better life than people can achieve by trying to make an honest living. I wrote a longer appreciation of Gun Crazy on my blog page if you would like to read more: https://themoviescreenscene.wordpress.com/2019/12/13/gun-crazy-1950/ Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/24/23 Full Review ogn d Peggy Cummins - nice ass! Supposedly noir, but more of a sappy romance/melodrama Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member The greatest 01 hour: and 27 minutes ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis When gun-obsessed pacifist Bart Tare (John Dall) witnesses expert shooter Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins) demonstrate her firearm prowess at a carnival one night, it's love at first sight. Aimless Bart joins the traveling show and begins a romance with Annie, but her dangerously rebellious spirit soon gets them both fired. After eloping, the young lovers embark on an armed robbery spree, managing to elude the authorities until Annie insists on pulling one last job.
      Director
      Joseph H. Lewis
      Producer
      Frank King, Maurice King
      Screenwriter
      MacKinlay Kantor, MacKinlay Kantor, Dalton Trumbo
      Distributor
      United Artists
      Production Co
      King Brothers Productions
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jan 20, 1950, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 21, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 27m
      Sound Mix
      Mono
      Aspect Ratio
      35mm
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