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actress Peggy Cummins, Noir City 11 and Gun Crazy Memorabilia...


 Gun Crazy (1950) is a film noir feature film starring Peggy Cummins and John Dall in a story about the crime-spree of a gun-toting husband and wife. The film was directed by Joseph H. Lewis, and produced by Frank King and Maurice King.
The screenplay by 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.[1]

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.
 After reform school and a stint in the Army, Bart returns home. He, Dave and Clyde go to a traveling carnival.
There he meets a kindred spirit in sharpshooter Annie Laurie Starr (Cummins). She gets him a job with the carnival.

However, their attraction to each other inflames the jealousy of Packett (Berry Kroeger), who wants Laurie-for himself, and they both get fired.
The couple get married and embark on a happy honeymoon. She warns him beforehand that she is "bad, but will try to be good". When their money runs out though, Laurie gives her husband a stark choice: join her in a career of crime or she will leave him. They hold up stores and gas stations, but the money they steal does not last long. Finally, she persuades him to take on one last big robbery so they can flee the country and live in peace and comfort. They get jobs at a meat processing plant and make detailed plans.
 They get away with a lot of money, but Laurie has an uncontrollable homicidal streak that comes out when she is frightened. During the robbery, she kills her office manager and a security guard. Afterward, they are supposed to split up for a couple of months, but neither can bear to be away from the other that long.
 The 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.

Bart's old friends, now a reporter and the local sheriff, plead with him to give himself and Laurie up. Instead, they flee into the mountains where Bart used to go camping in the summer. They are surrounded, and Dave and Clyde approach them to try to save their lives. When Bart sees Laurie preparing to gun them down, he shoots her and in turn is killed by the police.

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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

Marilyn Ferdinand from over there at ferdyonfilms... Interview actress Peggy Cummins Here:http://www.fandor.com/

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Critical response

Critic 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."[4]


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."[5]


The review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 96% of critics gave the film a positive review, based on twenty seven reviews.[6]

4 comments:

Sam Juliano said...

Yes, that was a terrific interview with Peggy Cummins by Marilyn Ferdinand Dee Dee! And a most fine capsule here of the film's well-deserved reputation in the noir pantheon! It's always been one I have rated highly!

Claudia said...

oh my goodness what a story.. i bet he didn't think it would turn out this way when he married her..yet they seemed to be just right for each other..

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

Hi! Claudia...
"i bet he didn't think it would turn out this way when he married her..."

Ha!ha!...
Oh! yes, even though it's obvious that he had a "love" for guns...It appears that her "love" for guns were "insatiable."

On the other hand, He [actor John Dall's character Bart Tare] seemed to me to have had a knowledge Of right and wrong...
...Where as, the female lead [actress Peggy Cummins' character Annie Laurie] didn't seems to have a conscious or show remorse or guilt after killing her victims.

Unfortunately, I have to re-visit this film in order to find out the "root" Of the female lead "appetite" for guns.
Because in the beginning Of the film they addressed his fascination with guns to a certain extent...However, I don't think the film maker addressed her fascination with guns and why she was so violent...[ By the way, The original title Of the film: "Deadlier Than The Male."]

Claudia, Thanks, for stopping by and leaving a comment too!
deedee :)

Ténèbres à la lumière... said...

Hi! Sam Juliano...
"Yes, that was a terrific interview with Peggy Cummins by Marilyn Ferdinand..."

Oh! yes, Marilyn' s interview was short, sweet, direct and to the point...I did enjoy reading her [Marilyn Ferdinand's] interview with Ms.Peggy Cummins... too!
I have to agree, with you Sam Juliano, this film most definitely, belong in the film noir pantheon. That's [probably,] why the film ["Gun Crazy"] was selected for the National Film Registry...too!

Sam Juliano, Thanks, for stopping by and leaving a comment...as usual.

[post-script: Sam Juliano, I'm so sorry, about the delay in responding to your comment...
...I must check my comments moderation here more Often.
Because I usually, be over there at my book-blog.]
deedee :)

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