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THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE
REPLY TO KATSY EYES. RE. BROADRICK CRAWFORDS BROOKLIN ACCENT. MOST OF THE THESE PEOPLE, FARMERS CLERKS, SOLDIERS, PIONEERS, CAME FROM THE EAST. NEW YORK OHIO (MICHIGAN GEORGE ARMSTRONG CUSTER A FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER) AND WILLIAM H. BONNIE SAID TO COME FROM NEW JERSEY. POINT IS, THEY WERE FROM ALL OVER AND OVERSEAS TALL, SHORT FAT AND LEAN.
The Tittle Is the Catchiest Thing About It.
This film lost me at the sight and sound of Broderick Crawford, as a faster than lightening gunslinger. He looks like Jabba, the Hut, on horseback. Musta taken the hide of two steers to make his gun belt. Talks like he's from the south west, of the Bronx, or Brooklyn, and has obvious anger management and self esteem issues. Good actor, but here, miscast worse than if Ben Stiller, had been cast as Jake LaMotta, in Raging Bull. And the ending? The fastest gun alive is safe at last. Wha'd the townsfolk do, bury the kid that ratted him out also? Ford's affable, as always, but this film is strictly like a Bic pen, use it once, and throw it away. Still, if you've never seen it, and have nothing else to do, and are tied to a chair with a TV in front of you...
Breaking the Formula
- disinterested spectator
In a movie made previously, "The Gunfighter" (1950), the point is made that having a reputation as a gunslinger is a curse, because there is always some punk who wants to prove he is faster. This is the premise of "The Fastest Gun Alive." Through most of the movie, we believe that George is trying to give up his gunslinging ways because his wife Dora has insisted on it, and therefore he is pretending to be just an ordinary citizen. When his need for respect leads him to show off his skills with a gun, word gets out and Vinnie, another gunslinger, comes looking for him. The townsfolk plead with Dora to release George from his promise to her, so he can kill Vinnie, who is terrorizing the town. That is when we find out that she does not care if George kills Vinnie or anyone else with his gun. The problem is that George is a coward who has never been in a gunfight, and she is simply tired of running from town to town whenever the word gets out that he is fast on the draw. This is such a reversal from the usual story of the gunfighter with a guilty past who wants to hang up his guns that most people forget about this twist ending when they think about the movie years later.
I love this movie and Glenn Ford did a great job here. I think this is his best performance. George Temple is basically a coward with a great skill at drawing and shooting a gun taught to him by his lawman father. He cannot resist showing off this skill to the townspeople which ultimately makes him come to terms with his skill and his ability to use this when pushed to the edge. Broderick Crawford is also very good as the gunslinger Vinnie Harold. I first saw this movie many years ago and it is the kind of movie you can enjoy watching many times over. It has a great ending that is really special also.
Review: Fastest Gun Alive
- P. Turner
The Fastest Gun Alive is a classic Black and White Western, with two good actors: Glenn Ford and Broderick Crawford. Glen Ford has made some get westerns and this one of them to me. It was kind of hard to belive that Braderick Crawford was the main gun slinger though, he didn't fit the profile. Never the less the story was put together well and the acting was great. A must have for collectors like myself. If You like Glenn Ford's acting you'll like this picture also. Good action and a real good look at how people can go from hot to cold once there backs are againist the wall.