Thursday, March 26, 2009

Johnny gets his gun...

Soon to be issued in the UK on DVD 'Gun Crazy' is the most memorable collaboration between Joseph H Lewis and Dalton Trumbo and is a must see for anyone interested in the harder end of Noir film. Trumbo was one of the Hollywood 10 - writers and artists who, along with many others, were blacklisted by the very organisations they helped to create - Trumbo, in fact, wrote the screenplay for the movie under a pseudonym while living in Mexico. Joseph H Lewis is rightly regarded for two classic Noir films - this film and 1955's 'The Big Combo.' 'Gun Crazy' contains all the trademarks of the classic Noir genre. It's influence was far and wide and can be most notably observed in Arthur Penn's 'Bonnie and Clyde.' On its own it's a wonderful film and features one of the best bank robbery scenes of the period.

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