Gun Crazy

1950

Action / Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Romance / Thriller

60
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 84%
IMDb Rating 7.7 10 9665

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Russ Tamblyn as Bart Tare
Ray Teal as California Border Inspector
Ross Elliott as Detective
John Dall as Barton Tare
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by sorterdave 9 / 10

The original title was "Gun Crazy" and it was released in 1949

I have long been a fan of Film Noir. I consider this film to be unique and one of the best. The first and only time I saw it in a theater was in 1949 when I was 14. It was titled "Gun Crazy". I thought it was great but it didn't receive rave reviews or last long in hometown theaters. I understand they renamed it "Deadly Is The Female" in 1950 for its release in England, reason being that co-star Peggy Cummins was British and emphasizing the female star would be better box-office.

In the years that passed I wanted to see it again but it didn't appear on TV or later on any videotape that I knew of. In the 1983 Richard Geer film "Breathless" there is a chase scene where he is trying to escape by way of the stage behind a movie screen. On that screen was playing what I immediately recognized as "Gun Crazy". Over the years since then I have continued to look for the movie but was unable to find it. Less than a month ago I found it on DVD and purchased an excellent copy. I found that the movie is just as good as I remember it.

The film is essentially a story of a boy named Bart Tare (Russ Tamblyn) who loves guns for sport but refuses to harm any living being with them. After stealing one from a local store, he is caught and sent to a reformatory. The story continues four reformatory years plus one army hitch later when an adult Bart (John Dall) is discharged. He and some friends go to a cheap carnival where he sees and immediately falls for a trick shot artist, Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins). He beats her in a shooting contest but is offered a job in the act rather than the prize he was supposed to win.

Bart is unaware of her dark past, which includes hints of prostitution and the murder of a man in St. Louis. After a showdown with the jealous carnival owner they run off together and get married. When their money runs out, Bart wants to get a job but Annie Laurie's mind runs in a different direction, armed robbery. Reluctantly, Bart gives in and they set off on a spree of low paying stickups. By this time, Bart is increasingly aware that Annie Laurie has homicidal tendencies that he is barely able to keep under control. They plan a big-time robbery during which she kills two people without his knowledge. The rest of the movie deals with their flight from justice and ultimate payment for their crimes. In all, it is a classic scenario of "Bad Girl" leads a "Good Boy" into evil.

Personal opinion is that John Dall did a better acting job in this movie than he did in "Rope". In a bit of self-analysis I must admit that I have long been fascinated by "Wicked Women". This movie alone placed Peggy Cummins among my favorite "femme fatales", which included the queen of mean, Barbara Stanwyck, Marlene Dietrich, Beverly Michaels and other notables.

If you like classic film noir, it is a good movie to remember and see again.

Reviewed by happytrigger-64-390517 10 / 10

exceptional story, casting and cinematography : an Ultimate Noir

I discovered Gun Crazy around 1985, I was twenty and was fan of film noirs, having seen all the classics in the Action theaters in Paris. And then appears that incredible Gun Crazy. At that time, I studied Cinema in university, having a B movie section, and Gun Crazy was the main movie studied.

Gun Crazy is well remembered for being a Bonnie and Clyde story with the hold-up shot in long take. In fact, there are a lot of sequences brilliantly shot, especially another hold-up or the kid shooting sequence. The director Joseph H. Lewis was a master in shooting sequences in long takes placing the camera at the heart of the action, see the virtuoso intro in "The Undercover Man". But he never achieved any more masterpieces than "Gun Crazy" and "The Big Combo". Too bad. The rebel lovers are played by Peggy Cummins and John Dall, their meeting is unforgettable : as J. H. Lewis says in an interview, "you are like dogs in heat".

The french DVD box of Gun Crazy is outstanding, with the book written by Eddie Muller, telling the origins and the shooting of that cult movie with lot of rare pictures and documents. And explaining the difference of the titles "Gun Crazy" and "Deadly is the Female", as well as on the posters, the "Gun Crazy" poster being more wild than the "Deadly is the Female" too classic.

I saw the movie "Persons In Hiding" with a story close to Bonnie and Clyde. Patricia Morison is terrific as a strong, nasty and sexy woman like Peggy Cummins in "Gun Crazy". Hold-up scenes are shot and edited in the same style than later in "Gun Crazy" (but there isn't the long take hold up). And we hear twice the expression "gun crazy". That movie is from 1939, the novel "Gun Crazy" was written in 1940.

For me, "Gun Crazy", with its special characters played by inspired casting and shot masterfully by Joseph H. Lewis, is one of the very best in Film Noir. Far more better than many other cult classics.

Reviewed by adrian-43767 7 / 10

Crazy Bonnie & Clyde update

The infamous Bonnie and Clyde pair of the Depression years is updated in this film of 1950, but with the femme fatale as a supposedly British woman from London (actually, Peggy Cummins was born in Wales), possibly because no US female could be half as bad (the real Bonnie was, though) and no self-respecting US actress would soil her image by taking on such a depraved role.

As it turns out, Cummins does indeed look crazy throughout the film, killing as a matter of course, and even thinking of kidnapping her own baby nephew. Her eyes reflect a demented state throughout.

In contrast, John Dall plays the part of the wholesome American boy who just loves guns, and even cries when he shoots a baby chicken dead with his BB gun. He does not want to kill anybody but he loves to steal guns, and he falls in love at first sight of that crazy British woman, so he can't help but rob places, and then feel terrible about stealing just not to have to work for a living. Curiously, the one thing that works is that these two misfits really love each other, and cannot be apart, even when it would be wiser to split for a while and reunite somewhere else.

Inconsistencies of character undermine what could potentially be a very good film noir, but photography, some wonderful car chases, and assured direction make GUN CRAZY well worth watching.

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