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Murphy didn't drink
In the review of this movie on TCM it is stated that "Don Siegel" found Murphy in a bar nursing a beer with a Colt .45 peacemaker in his belt. Audie did often carry a Colt .45 auto, but he didn't drink so I doubt this story was true. Murphy never looked comfortable in movies like this, he didn't drink and he didn't smoke. Truth was after "To Hell and Back" (which was Universal's biggest hit up till "Jaws") the studio really didn't use Audie properly. Murphy had demonstrated that he could act, if he were given a good director like Huston. But the movie projects thrown his way were terrible. Murphy was up for the Red Buttons role in "Sayonara" and it could have made a huge difference in his career. But to say he was a "non-actor" is not fair. In small films with good scripts, "No Name on the Bullet" or "Posse from Hell" Murphy was terrific.
Not As Good As "The Breaking Point"...But Close
Of the 3 film adaptions of Ernest Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not," the most faithful to the story---and my personal favorite---is John Garfield's "The Breaking Point." This one, though, is not far behind. (The Bogey/Bacall film is my least favorite.) Audie Murphy is terrific in this role, and at 33 here, his looks have matured and he is looking incredibly handsome. The playful, romantic interaction between Murphy's character and his wife is sweet and fun. Very interesting and entertaining.
Hey Ronald, yes, there's an "uncanny resemblance" between Gun Runners and the novel To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway because the movie is based on his book. It actually says so in the frist few frames of the movie --- "Based on the story by Ernest Hemingway." Perhaps you should limit your reviews of films to those you have actually seen and leave the snide accusations to those who aren't idiots. Overall, "Gun Runners" is a great, suspenseful film with Audie Murphy in a great role as the captain with his back against the wall and an unusual role for Eddie Albert as the bad guy. Rita Hall is the Scandanavian beauty and love interest. Plus, if you love boats like I do, then it makes it even more of a fun movie to watch. Great period classic and I wish TCM would show it more often and it's very surprising that it's not available on DVD yet.
The Gun Runners
An uncanny semblance of " To Have and Have Not ".