Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration – The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)


This is my third of 7 entries in the Legends of Western Cinema Week Blog Celebration being hosted by Hamlette of Hamlette’s Soliloquy, Heidi of Along the Brandywine, and Olivia of Meanwhile, in Rivendell

Tnx for letting me partake Ladies!

[George straps on his gunbelt] “What difference does that make?” – Dora

“They’ve got to know who I am.” – George

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jul 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A gunman goes from town to town trying to prove that he is the fastest gun alive by challenging anyone else with the same claim.

My Take on it – This is film that I had never heard of beforehand and was intrigued to see what it was about especially since I’ve always been fond of Glenn Ford’s work as an actor.

This film takes a very interesting look at how different people view the ideas of fame and fortune due to a unique talent.

They do a wonderful job of showing how two very different men look at the same kind of ability from vastly different stances.

This says so much how each of them chose to live their lives.

Ford does a great job in the lead here and he finds a way to make his character feel so real and genuine throughout.

Broderick Crawford is also great as the other lead and despite the fact that is character seem a bit too much like  caricature, we still get a clear idea about his motivation and goals which helps make things a bit more enjoyable.

The plot of this film comes across as being quite simple, yet they find the way to add a few nice twists and turns along the way that make it much more entertaining than one would expect.

Bottom Line – Really interesting look at how people look at fame and fortune. The vast difference between the way that the two main characters view their talent is so intriguing to explore because it says so much about the way they live their lives. Ford is great in the lead here and does a wonderful job making his character seem so real throughout.  Crawford is also great as the other lead and although he seems a bit too much like a caricature, he still manages to make things enjoyable.  The plot is filled with a few nicely placed twists and turns that allows for things to be even more entertaining along the way. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Despite his reputation as the “fastest gun alive”, Temple states emphatically that he’s never drawn on a man. That would put him at a significant psychological disadvantage to Harold, who shoots to kill every time. Harold also fans his gun three times, usually a desperation measure because fanning makes it difficult to steady the gun on the target. Glenn Ford, along with John Douchette, who is also in the picture, was a legitimate fast draw with a sidearm. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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