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The Fastest Gun Alive

  • Drama
  • 1956
  • Russell Rouse
  • 85 mins
  • U

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.

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Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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George TempleGlenn Ford
Dora TempleJeanne Crain
Vinnie HaroldBroderick Crawford
Eric DoolittleRuss Tamblyn
Harvey MaxwellAllyn Joslyn
Lou GloverLeif Erickson
Taylor SwopeJohn Dehner
Dink WellsNoah Beery Jr

Crew

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DirectorRussell Rouse

Details

Language
English
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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