blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo -- credited to Millard Kaufman because of the blacklist and by MacKinlay Kantor -- was based upon a short story by Kantor published in 1940 in The Saturday Evening Post. Gun Crazy was selected for the National Film Registry, and is also known as Deadly Is the Female.
Bart Tare (Dall) has a lifelong fixation with guns—they make him feel good inside. At the age of 14, he is sent to reform school by a sympathetic Judge Willoughby (Morris Carnovsky) for stealing a pistol from a hardware store, despite the testimony of his friends Dave (Nedrick Young) and Clyde (Harry Lewis), his older sister Ruby and others that he would never kill any living creature.
Berry Kroeger), who wants Laurie-for himself, and they both get fired.
Federal Bureau of Investigation is brought in, and the fugitives become the targets of an intense manhunt. In California, Bart arranges for passage to Mexico, but the authorities track them down by the serial numbers from bills from the plant. They are forced to flee, leaving all their loot behind.
With no place else to go, they go to Ruby.
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- Peggy Cummins as Annie Laurie Starr
- John Dall as Bart Tare
- Berry Kroeger as Packett
- Morris Carnovsky as Judge Willoughby
- Anabel Shaw as Ruby Tare
- Harry Lewis as Sheriff Clyde Boston
- Nedrick Young as Dave Allister
- Trevor Bardette as Sheriff Boston, who apprehends the teenage Bart
- Mickey Little as Bart Tare at age 7
- Russ Tamblyn as Bart Tare at age 14
- Paul Frison as Clyde Boston at age 14
- David Bair as Dave Allister at age 7
- Stanley Prager as Bluey-Bluey
- Virginia Farmer as Miss Wynn
- Anne O'Neal as Miss Augustine Sifert, Laurie's supervisor and first victim at the plant
- Frances Irvin as Danceland Singer
- Robert Osterloh as Hampton Policeman
- Shimen Ruskin as Cab Driver
- Harry Hayden as Mr. Mallenberg, the plant manager
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Critical responseCritic and author Eddie Muller wrote, "Joseph H. Lewis's direction is propulsive, possessed of a confident, vigorous simplicity that all the frantic editing and visual pyrotechnics of the filmmaking progeny never quite surpassed."
Sam Adams, critic for the Philadelphia City Paper, wrote, "The codes of the time prevented Lewis from being explicit about the extent to which their fast-blooming romance is fueled by their mutual love of weaponry (Arthur Penn would rip off the covers in Bonnie and Clyde, which owes Gun Crazy a substantial debt), but when Cummins' six-gun dangles provocatively as she gasses up their jalopy, it's clear what really fills their collective tank."
The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 96% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on twenty seven reviews.