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Gun Crazy (1950) was a Film Noir - Drama Film directed by Joseph H. Lewis and produced by Frank King and Maurice King.

Gun Crazy was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

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Gun Crazy: Lovers That Go Together Like Guns and Ammunition

By Rick29 on Apr 18, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Peggy Cummins takes aim! A film noir with a tragic love story involving the femme fatale and a gun-obsessed guy? That's the unlikely premise of Gun Crazy, a 1950 "B" picture selected by the Library of Congress for inclusion in the National Film Registry in 1998. Although it made little noise when ... Read full article


On Blu-ray: The Passionate Charge of Gun Crazy (1950)

By KC on May 18, 2018 From Classic Movies

I can never get enough of Gun Crazy (1949). It’s an addictive flick. The high-energy performances, its erotic charge, the rhythm of it, and director Joseph Lewis’ economical, effective style elevated this ‘B’ production to classic status. Now it is making its Blu-ray debut wi... Read full article


Reblog: Looking Back at Gun Crazy

By John Grant on Dec 8, 2017 From Noirish

***B Noir Detour, written by Salome Wilde, is one of my favorite blogs on the intertubes. She’s recently published an excellent piece on one of the greatest of noirs, and has kindly given me permission to reblog it here. B Noir Detour 1950?s?Gun Crazy?(Deadly is the Female) was hardly seen upo... Read full article


The Klutziest Bonnie & Clyde Ever: Gun Crazy (1950)

By Judy on Jun 6, 2016 From Cary Grant Won't Eat You

**Only very minor, preliminary spoilers here** Gun Crazy begins with a boy getting caught for stealing a gun because he trips. The kid, Barton Tare, has a mysterious attraction to guns he can neither explain nor control. Others try to defend him, given that he has no desire to harm and isn’t a... Read full article


Gun Crazy

By Barry P. on Nov 14, 2015 From Cinematic Catharsis

(1950) Directed by Joseph H. Lewis; Written by MacKinlay Kantor and Millard Kaufman (aka: Dalton Trumbo); Based on a story originally published in The Saturday Evening Post by MacKinlay Kantor; Starring: John Dall, Peggy Cummins, Berry Kroeger, Harry Lewis, Nedrick Young and Russ Tamblyn; Available ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Packett: Honey, I'll make money like you want me to. Big money. But it takes time, you gotta give me time.
Annie Laurie Starr: You'll never make big money. You're a two-bit guy.
Packett: Honey, listen...
Annie Laurie Starr: No guts, nothing! I want action!


Packett: I saw the two of you, the way you were looking at each other tonight, like a couple of wild animals. Almost scared me.
Annie Laurie Starr: It should. He's a MAN.


Annie Laurie Starr: Come on, Bart, let's finish it the way we started it: on the level.


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Facts about

Spoiler: When Bart is reading about the deaths at the meat packing plant, he says that the security guard's name was William Bechtel. It is unclear as to whether or not this can be taken as a nod to comedian William Bechtel.
Although Bart and Laurie are loosely based on Bonnie and Clyde, the scene where they hold up the factory appears to have been inspired by a holdup at the Nashville, Arkansas, Coca-Cola Factory in 1938 by two men, Floyd Hamilton and Huron "Terrible Ted" Walters. Hamilton was a former associate of Bonnie and Clyde's.
The bank heist sequence was done entirely in one take, with no one outside the principal actors and people inside the bank aware that a movie was being filmed. When John Dall as Bart Tare says, "I hope we find a parking space," he really meant it, as there was no guarantee that there would be one. In addition, at the end of the sequence someone in the background screams that there's been a bank robbery - this was actually a bystander who saw the filming and assumed the worst.
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National Film Registry

Gun Crazy

Released 1950
Inducted 1998
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