Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female) (1950)
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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
Jan 20, 1950 Limited
Jan 19, 1999
Annie Laurie Starr
Bart Tare: younger
Bart Tare as Child
Dave Allister Age 14
Man From Chicago
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Fault is in the writing and direction, both staying on the surface and never getting underneath the characters.
One of the most distinguished works of art to emerge from the B movie swamp.
Gun Crazy' is a magnificently enjoyable film, distinguished by Joseph H Lewis's restless, catch-all directorial style.
Joseph H. Lewis charts it all with a perverse artisan's dynamic glee, one wicked jolt after another
The plotting is simplistic and predictable. The acting and tough-guy/gal dialogue are rather comical at times. Yet the film hit home then, and it still hits home today.
One of the great, specifically American love stories ever put to film... among the most overtly erotic films of the post-WWII era.
If you had to select a single film to justify the present enthusiasm for film noir and define its allure, few movies could compete with Gun Crazy.
Some old pulpy noir thrillers aren't as pleasurable as the garish posters that advertised them, but this re-release gives us an example of the genre that's every bit as brash, lusty and stylish as you could wish it to be.
Darker and more subtly complex than you'd expect from a 1950s crime caper.
Gun Crazy is less an exposť than a hugely exciting crime thriller. And since he's as polite as he is intelligent, Lewis doesn't beat us about the head with his philosophies.
Admittedly, the script is vintage corn. But visually Gun Crazy is a rude, startling and suggestive pleasure.
this is a small but perfectly formed black-and-white masterpiece of flash and trash, unwholesome obsession and criminal daring.
Nearly 20 years before the same themes powered Bonnie and Clyde, Lewis was on to the possibilities of "outsider" cinema, and his film is all the more subversive for its origins as raw pulp, unpoliced by the Hollywood system, and getting away with murder.
A major influence on both Bonnie and Clyde and the French New Wave (with Godard a particular admirer), it's a film that far transcends its low budget constraints.
Extremely well made, this is one cult classic that justifies its reputation.
Like all great films noirs, this 1949 lovers-on-the-run thriller, directed by cultists' darling Joseph H. Lewis (The Big Combo), is lean, mean and delirious.
This modest-looking B-movie, first seen in 1949, has acquired a substantial following in the years since - justifiably.
Seldom seen, but GREAT little film directed by Joseph H. Lewis. Cummins and Dahl are perfect as Bonnie and Clyde types.
Audience Reviews for Gun Crazy (Deadly Is the Female)
- Bart Tare: We go together, Laurie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together.
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