Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Joseph H. Lewis' "Gun Crazy" or Let's Get Weapons and Drive!

This Seminal Film Noir really holds up. Directed by Joseph H. Lewis, written by Mackinley Kanter and Dalton Trumbo (who had to use a Pseudonym at the time because of the Blacklist) and starring John Dall and Peggy Cummins in the roles of their lives. For lovers of the Noir style of Crime film this movie is a must see.
The Femme Fatale, the existential world-view it's all there as well as the famous Hampton Bank Robbery sequence-(shot in one take from the back seat of the get-away car,word has it that the script had the scene at 17 pages that Lewis simply threw away.)
Initially released as "Deadly is the Female."
Lines like "We go together like guns and ammunition." are waiting so hurry up!
Paul Parducci
PS: Here is a very nice piece on GC by Gary Johnson from Images Journal

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