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The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)





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In this western, a pacifistic store owner does all he can to avoid association with his father, a notorious gunfighter. One day he gets drunk and shows off his own considerable skills with a pistol. Unfortunately, this attracts the attention of the man who fancies himself the town's fastest draw and he heads to the store for a little confrontation.

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Glenn Ford
as George Temple
Jeanne Crain
as Dora Temple
Broderick Crawford
as Vinnie Harold
Russ Tamblyn
as Eric Doolittle
Allyn Joslyn
as Harvey Maxwell
Leif Erickson
as Lou Glover
John Dehner
as Taylor Swope
Noah Beery Jr.
as Dink Wells
J.M. Kerrigan
as Kevin McGovern
Rhys Williams
as Brian Tibbs
Virginia Gregg
as Rose Tibbs
Chubby Johnson
as Frank Stringer
John Doucette
as Ben Buddy
Christopher Olsen
as Bobby Tibbs
Paul Birch
as Sheriff Bill Toledo
Florenz Ames
as Joe Fenwick
Addison Richards
as Doc Jennings
Earl Hodgins
as Medicine Man
Michael Dugan
as Clement Farley
Earle Hodgins
as Medicine Man
Bud Osborne
as Rancher
Dub Taylor
as Nolan Brown
Chris Olson
as Bobby Tibbs
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Critic Reviews for The Fastest Gun Alive

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A superb psychological Western directed by Russell Rouse.

Full Review… | June 25, 2005
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Audience Reviews for The Fastest Gun Alive

131230: This is a bit of a funny movie. For the most part, I just found it takes itself too seriously. Most of the actors take themselves too seriously. From Glenn Ford to the woman who screams on the church steps when George Temple and his gang say they're holding her son. Speaking of Temple, he just doesn't come across as a guy who's fast but perhaps that's my mistake, and the mistake of all those who think they're faster. John Dehner as Taylor Swope, one of Temple's henchmen, was the highlight for me. He was the most convincing, and as the second fastest gun in the west, or is it the third, he plays his part well. With ten minutes left a big secret is revealed and my interest was piqued. The story takes a bit of a twist, which brought up my rating half a star. Definitely worth watching but, overall, a little too intentionally intense for me. Don't think it was supposed to make people smirk but it made me smirk. Kind of enjoyed it for that.

John Redshaw
John Redshaw

The only villain here, is Jeanne Crain's character, who for some reason spends the entire picture in a tug of war battle with Glenn Ford, a battle between having fun, and being a complete and utter bore. That's usually how it goes in older pictures - the lead actor chews up the scenery, and the actress manages to land the role of the bickering bore. I tuned in to see 'The Fastest Gun Alive,' not the most boring woman alive.

Bloodmarsh Krackoon
Bloodmarsh Krackoon

This was my first Glenn Ford movie and overall I was impressed. The movie itself was simple but Glenn showed a much larger range of emotion for a western actor of that time. It was more like the westerns of now. Except for the 10 minute dance scene that had no relevance to the film. 2009 Movies: 9

Ross Loehner
Ross Loehner

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