Saturday, February 28, 2009

2/18/09: Gun Crazy (1950)

My recent viewing of the excellent 1953 British comedy Always a Bride inspired not only a week's worth of black-and-white viewings, but my purchase of several other DVDs starring the lovely Peggy Cummins. This American flick, made a few years earlier, preceded Bonnie and Clyde by 17 years, and though it lacks the style, budget, quality and punch of the Arthur Penn film, it's a very similar story. And I frankly preferred it. A star-crossed young couple (Cummins and John Dall) fall in love, rob banks, develop a taste for killing, go on the lam and ultimately get what's coming to them. An extremely enjoyable study of homicidal lovers getting sucked into the dark side, and the people who get hurt along the way. Alternately known as Deadly Is the Female. Rating: 4/5.

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