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The Fastest Gun Alive

The Fastest Gun Alive

Russell Rouse (1956)

85min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This is a neglected gem. Glenn Ford, following his success in The Blackboard Jungle with another fine performance, is trying to live down his father's gunslinging past by working as a town storekeeper, when Broderick Crawford's venal Vinnie Harold blasts in, exposing Ford and taunting him with his father's name. It's taut stuff, cleverly co-scripted by Frank D Gilroy, who had written the original television play from which this was drawn. Russ Tamblyn has some knockabout moments at a barn dance, and Jeanne Crain is earnest and pretty as the pleading wife, but this is Ford's movie, an underrated western deserving of your full attention.

Summary

A lowly frontier shopkeeper tries to play down the fact that he is the son of a legendary gunfighter, until a challenge from a hard-bitten outlaw prompts him to prove that he is a chip off the old block. Western, starring Glenn Ford, Russ Tamblyn, Broderick Crawford and Jeanne Crain.

Cast & Crew

George Temple Glenn Ford
Dora Temple Jeanne Crain
Vinnie Harold Broderick Crawford
Eric Doolittle Russ Tamblyn
Harvey Maxwell Allyn Joslyn
Lou Glover Leif Erickson
Taylor Swope John Dehner
Dink Wells Noah Beery Jr
Director Russell Rouse
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video

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