Directed by Joseph H. Lewis
Starring Peggy Cummings and John Dall
Okay, so it’s not a Western, it wasn’t made in the 50s and I’m giving you absolutely no time to make plans. It’s tomorrow.
But it’s Gun Crazy (1949). In 35mm. Here in Raleigh at the art museum.
We’ve sung the praises of Joseph H. Lewis on this blog many, many times: A Lawless Street (1955), Seventh Cavalry (1956), Terror In A Texas Town (1959), etc. Then there’s The Big Combo (1955) and The Rifleman. But it’s Gun Crazy (1949) he’s remembered for. Which is fine. It’s terrific from frame one to the final fade, and there’s that single-shot bank robbery that’s one of the coolest film sequences ever. (That’s Lewis with Dall and Cummings below.)
If you have a chance and you’re around here, go see it.
And to give you a bit more warning, next Friday it’s Nicholas Ray’s great On Dangerous Ground (1952).
Thanks for the tip, Beth!