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Fastest Gun Alive (1956)

Glenn Ford , Jeanne Crain , Russell Rouse  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford, Russ Tamblyn, Allyn Joslyn
  • Directors: Russell Rouse
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003552QU4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fastest Gun Alive" on IMDb

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Gunman gone good George and his wife Dora are trying to live a peaceful life. But George's gunslinging ways are legendary - and attract the attention of other gunmen who feel up for a challenge. The couple moves to a new town in the hopes of finally finding a normal life. When George gets drunk and spills the beans, can he and Dora trust the townfolk to keep their secret? A Western with a message the whole family can enjoy.

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gunfighter as Human November 19, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The image of the western gunfighter has been indelibly etched by the likes of John Wayne in the forties and Clint Eastwood in the sixties as a supremely confident and capable shootist. It is rare for Hollywood to buck this trend but in THE FASTEST GUN ALIVE director Robert Rouse peels away the layers that all too often separate celluloid fiction from brute fact. Glen Ford is George Temple, a one time fast draw expert who has spent years trying to live down a wall of self-imposed isolation that he feels would be needed each time another quick draw wannabe wants to put him to the test. He has learned to camouflage his unwanted skill over the years. He has married an understanding woman (Jeanne Crain), who suffers in silence along with him each time he has to struggle to contain the itch to show off a talent that she knows will eventually kill him. The first half of this superb film is a study in how one man chooses to live a life to which he is clearly unsuited. He runs a small store in a small town surrounded by folk who have no idea who or what he is. The focus is on character development, no small feat in the gunfighter genre. In the next town, a bank robbery led by Broderick Crawford yanks Temple out of his comfortable pseudo-existence. Crawford hears of Temple's speedy draw and pauses in his escape from a posse to challenge Temple in a showdown. It is almost beside the point that any desperado would chance getting caught by the law merely to add a notch to his gun. From the first reel to the last, both Temple and the bank robber are on tracks that do not permit any deviation. In an odd sort of way, both men share more than speed with a pistol. Each is driven by the gun: Crawford, to venerate it, and Temple to negate it. Read more ›
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but very good western. October 12, 2000
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To his friends and neighbors George Temple (Glenn Ford) is a mild-mannered store keeper who doesn't wear a gun. But, unknown to all but his wife (Jeanne Crain), George is obsessed with guns because in his youth he lacked the courage to go up against his lawman father's killer. Through years of secret practice George has become the fastest draw in the west, but he is still afraid of drawing against a man. When a ruthless gunman (Broderick Crawford) comes to town and threatens to burn it down Temple is forced to overcome his fears and try to stop him. This finely-crafted western deserves more recognition than it has received. If you like westerns, please try to catch this one.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ford's Best Western February 10, 2005
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Glenn Ford was one of our alltime great Western movie actors. In his heyday, he was great at combining fragile humanity with raw strength and brute force.

In The Fastest Gun Alive, Ford plays a reformed gunfighter who is desperately trying to live down his reputation in a small town, living a very quiet, peaceful existence. But events unfold that reveal his identity, and soon Broderick Crawford, a fast-draw outlaw, coems to town to match skills with Ford.

Everyone is excellent in this film, but great movies like this are made with a great script and a great perfomance by the lead, and Ford is at the top of his game.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fastest Gun Alive September 21, 2000
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I saw this movie when it first came out as a young boy. I love westerns and always have. Glenn Ford has always been a favorite cowboy. I like the way he portrays a calm quite sort of man that never looks for trouble, but is always there to stand up for what is right. The fastest Gun Alive was one of the first western movies I saw and it still my favorite of all time.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Ford Gem August 30, 2007
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Glenn Ford played everything from a school teacher, a preacher, to an Aircraft carrier commander. But the western is where he made his name as far a public popularity! "The Fastest Gun Alive" rates up there with "Heaven With A Gun" and "The Last Challenge." All three of these Glenn Ford westerns are definitely worth the time, but this is not only my favorite of the three, it's my all time favorite of Glenn's classic work. The story grabs your attention from the very outset and just gets better as it moves to the end, which has a neat twist to it!
If you're a western fan, you won't be disappointed with this one!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brooding psychological Western February 11, 2008
Glenn Ford plays the son of a former gunfighter ,haunted by his father's reputation and his own inability to come to terms with it .He is himself an expert with a gun and fast on the draw but is trying to live anonymously as a storekeeper in a small frontier town.Enter Broderick Crawford as a swaggering psychopathic bully who wants to build a reputation as the Fastest Gun in the territory .This inevitably brings him into conflict with Ford and the local citizenry virtually force Ford into a gunfight as they exert presure amid accusations of cowardice.It is clear they are as blood lusting as Crawford under their veneer of respectability.

Their are thematic links with The Gunfighter and High Noon in this fascinating western which is brilliantly acted by its leads and a bevy of strong supporting players ,who include John Dehner ,Leif Ericson and Noah Beery Junior
Expertly shot in black and white this is a curio not a classic but it is compelling ,literate and engrossing
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fastest Gun Alive January 11, 2006
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I usually don't like westerns, but this one really caught my attention. It doesn't thrive on a lot of difficult sets and action. It's definately a thinker's western. Here you have a fighter who doesn't want to fight, a town with a secret and promise that they'll have a hard time to keep from breaking to save itself. Very suspenseful and very well done.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Luther R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great western with a great plot.
Published 1 month ago by Randall Booher
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Published 1 month ago by Donald A. Wunsche
5.0 out of 5 stars [I always loved this movie which Glenn Ford acted in ] The ...
[I always loved this movie which Glenn Ford acted in ] The package arrive in time and well protected I very happy with the dvd. Thank you.
Published 1 month ago by David Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars For sentimental reasons.
In the 50's I was a boy. This movie was in my memories and now I got it to my collection.
Published 4 months ago by Lauro d'Avila
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest westerns made.
I ordered this movie and enjoyed it so much. It wasn't long after I ordered it through Primetime, it came on television. I recorded it and set it to be kept. Read more
Published 4 months ago by shelly d
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
My husband and I love to watch old western. This movie builds suspense and my husband loves to watch the movie all the time.
Published 5 months ago by Jeanne A Hosmer
5.0 out of 5 stars fastes gun alive
one of the best westerns,you will see,the ending is cool.good story line and good action. i recommend owning this one.
Published 8 months ago by carnut
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