Best B noir ever? IMO, yes, without any doubt a masterpiece of crime cinema. Bart & Laurie are great Bonnie & Clyde characters, & the actors are superb in giving subtle nuances to these slightly cookie cutter noir archetypes. Lewis directs the film masterfully, and his pace keeps a knuckle tight feeling of dread through to the end. An indispensable film in his career, and 50s cinema in general. 5 easy stars.
Une œuvre percutante et magistrale qui a sa place parmi le gotha des films noirs américains, réalisée par un metteur en scène peu connu par le grand public, resté à l'ombre d'autres réalisateurs de l'époque et qui paradoxalement commit au moins trois à quatre autres films étonnants et superbes qui eux aussi ne peuvent s'appréhender et s'énoncer qu'en des termes superlatifs, voire dithyrambiques... www.cinefiches.com
Gun Crazy is yet more evidence, that sadly is apparently needed by many, that Joseph H. Lewis was one of the great crime movie directors of his generation. Although focused more around the beautifully realised romance between Peggy Cummins and John Dall than their crimes, the evolution of their relationship being paralleled with the evolution of their crimes is a great way to tell this story. Marvellous film.
A now typical lovers on-the-lam story is not as outdated as it could be due to its succinct, fast-paced screenplay and Lewis' masterful direction. The standout scenes, such as a one-take from the backseat of the getaway car during a holdup, as well as the effective cloud-shrouded ending-- with its culmination of the lover's main character traits-- make it still feel modern this many years later.
Fun and well-crafted noir about two stick-up artists, one that is great with guns but can't kill anything, and another that's a queen of sexual manipulation. They are literally "crazy-in-love", irrationally and passionately. There are some innovative visual storytelling bits and Peggy Cummins makes a great femme fatale ("You'll never make money, you're a two-bit guy...")!