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Director: Joseph H. Lewis

Producer: Frank and Maurice King

Screenwriters: Dalton Trumbo and MacKinlay Kantor

Cinematographer: Russell Harlan

Music: Victor Young

Studio: King Brothers Production. Distributed by United Artists 1950

Main Acting: Peggy Cummins and John Dall

A beloved B-movie classic that is everything that low-budget films can—and at times—do deliver. Campy, corny, and extremely overheated with all the sexual innuendo one could ask for. Gun Crazy is quite an off-kilter movie in many ways. It’s like the film noir version of Happiness Is A Warm Gun by The Beatles, where everything feels like it’s about to fall apart but continues to persevere through ingenuity. With a rather middling opening that could have easily been lopped off with a pair of indiscriminate Robert-Wise editing scissors, the picture starts to pick up steam as soon as Peggy Cummins enters the screen during the carnival shoot out. Her presence throughout the movie is filled with radiantly salacious charisma. Bart Tare (played by John Dall) is mesmerized as soon as he lays eyes on her handling a gun like a well-seasoned pro. While he beats her during a highly improbable firearm exhibition (who in God’s name would perform such stunts with a complete stranger?), the chemistry is apparent to everyone, even her wimpy lover Packett (played by Berry Kroeger). (more…)

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