Sunday, May 20, 2012
GUN CRAZY (1950) - Joseph H. Lewis
The Bonnie and Clyde legend has given birth to a number of great couples crime spree films over the years: Bonnie and Clyde, Thieves Like Us, Natural Born Killers and beyond. Gun Crazy was one of the first and is definitely one of the best. Watching it for the first time, the "spree" elements felt a little stale, having seen this storyline many times before and knowing where it was headed. Where Gun Crazy still captivates are the early scenes. The young lead breaking a store window in the pouring rain to steal a prized revolver. The aforementioned mountain lion scene. The breathtaking carnival act sequence where Dall first sees Cummins on stage and is invited to trade fire with her, each lighting candles with bullets millimeters away from the other's heads. I would call it the ultimate meet-cute, if it weren't so deadly dangerous.