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Gun Fever(1958)

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The working titles of this film were Revenge! and Bitter Is the Ride. According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, when the script of this film was first presented to PCA officials, it was deemed "unacceptable" because of the excessive amount of brutal killings, but following two conferences, the altered script was approved. Hollywood Reporter surmised that the producers tried "to do something off-beat and still commercial," but "they did not have the material to work with to achieve either aim completely."
       Several reviews commented on a scene made for the European version of the film that contained an insert (shown at the press screening), in which, according to Hollywood Reporter, "the feminine lead takes a bath, dressing and undressing before the camera with only a few leafy branches as camouflage." The Protestant Motion Picture Council rated the film "Objectionable," stating, "The cruelty, senseless beatings and killings, the ugliness of the villains, the lack of motivation outside of vengeance and sheer desire for murder, the inducements offered to Sioux Indians to provoke them to robbing, raiding and massacre combine to produce a fearful, overdone, vicious, sinister, objectionable picture of the old West." In June 1958, Germany denied a license to the film due to extreme brutality. Jana Davi, who played Tanana, was the "Miss Ceylon" candidate in the "Miss Universe" pageant. This was her first film.