The Fastest Gun Alive

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

Similar in theme to Henry King's The Gunfighter, this begins impressively, with Crawfordriding into town to challenge a complete stranger ('They say you're faster than me') and triumphantly out-drawing him ('Get him a headstone to say he was killed by the fastest gun alive'), only to be faced by a blind man's prophetic warning ('No matter how fast you are, there's always someone faster'). Meanwhile, mild storekeeper Ford wrestles with his promise to his wife (Crain) to forget about his prowess with a gun. Unfortunately, having set up the inevitability of confrontation, the script loses its ballad-like directness, meandering through a bank robbery, taking in a dance number for Tamblyn, and providing yards of psychological explanation (Ford, afraid of guns, is obsessed with his failure to avenge his father's death; Crawford, whose wife left him for another man, is out to prove he is mucho macho). That said, the reactions ofthe townsfolk are detailed with some complexity, the key scenes are extremely well staged, and the performances are excellent.


Release details

88 mins

Cast and crew

Russell Rouse
Frank D Gilroy, Russell Rouse
Glenn Ford
Jeanne Crain
Broderick Crawford
Russ Tamblyn
Allyn Joslyn
Leif Erickson
John Dehner
Noah Beery Jr
JM Kerrigan
Rhys Williams
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