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Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Peggy Cummins
Director: Joseph H. Lewis Cast: Peggy Cummins
Peggy Cummins
, John Dall
John Dall
, Berry Kroeger
Berry Kroeger
Joseph H. Lewis
Gun Crazy

Gun Crazy

Peggy Cummins
Director: Joseph H. Lewis Cast: Peggy Cummins
Peggy Cummins
, John Dall
John Dall
, Berry Kroeger
Berry Kroeger
Joseph H. Lewis


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The definitive Joseph H. Lewis-directed melodrama, Gun Crazy is the "Bonnie and Clyde" story retooled for the disillusioned postwar generation. John Dall plays a timorous, emotionally disturbed World War II veteran who has had a lifelong fixation with guns. He meets a kindred spirit in carnival sharpshooter Peggy Cummins, who is equally disturbed -- but a lot smarter, and hence a lot more dangerous. Beyond their physical attraction to one another, both Dall and Cummins are obsessed with firearms. They embark on a crime spree, with Cummins as the brains and Dall as the trigger man. As sociopathic a duo as are likely to be found in a 1940s film, Dall and Cummins are also perversely fascinating. As they dance their last dance before dying in a hail of police bullets, the audience is half hoping that somehow they'll escape the Inevitable. Some critics have complained that Dall is far too effeminate and Cummins too butch, but Joseph H. Lewis was never known to draw anything in less than broad strokes: recall the climax of Terror in a Texas Town, wherein Sterling Hayden participates in a western showdown armed with a whaler's harpoon. The best and most talked-about scene in Gun Crazy is the bank robbery sequence, shot in "real time" from the back seat of Dall and Cummins' getaway car. Originally slated for Monogram release, Gun Crazy enjoyed a wider exposure when its producers, the enterprising King Brothers, chose United Artists as the distributor. The film was based on a magazine article by MacKinlay Kantor; one of the scenarists was uncredited blacklistee Dalton Trumbo.

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Product Details

Release Date: 05/08/2018
UPC: 0888574644116
Original Release: 1949
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 1,304

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peggy Cummins Annie Laurie Starr
John Dall Bart Tare
Berry Kroeger Packett
Morris Carnovsky Judge Willoughby
Anabel Shaw Ruby Tare
Russ Tamblyn Bart Tare: younger
Harry Lewis Clyde Boston
Ned Young Dave Allister
Trevor Bardette Sheriff Boston
Mickey Little Bart Tare as Child
David Bair Dave Allister, Age 14
Stanley Prager Bluey-Bluey
Virginia Farmer Miss Wynn
Anne O'Neal Miss Sifert
Don Beddoe Man From Chicago
Robert Osterloh Hampton Policeman
Shimen Ruskin Taxi Driver
Harry Hayden Mr. Mallenberg

Technical Credits
Joseph H. Lewis Director
Raymond Boltz Set Decoration/Design
Sidney B. Cutner Musical Direction/Supervision
Harry Gerstad Editor
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
MacKinlay Kantor Screenwriter
Millard Kaufman Screenwriter
Frank King Producer
Maurice King Producer
Tom Lambert Sound/Sound Designer
Norma Costumes/Costume Designer
Leo Shuken Musical Direction/Supervision
Dalton Trumbo Screenwriter
Gordon Wiles Production Designer
Victor Young Score Composer

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