Gun Crazy was made by Joseph H. Lewis, who managed to get off only a couple of good films in a career mostly taken up with forgettable stuff like Retreat, Hell! and Blazing Six Shooters. The film veers between wooden set-ups and sequences of real heat and intensity, mostly due to the strong current of unhinged devotion portrayed by stars Peggy Cummins and John Dall as Laurie and Bart. Annie “wants things, big things,” and Bart wants her, so despite his reluctance to hurt anyone, they hit the outlaw trail.
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