We go together, Laurie. I don't know why. Maybe like guns and ammunition go together.Gun Crazy
is a 1950 Film Noir
directed by Joseph H. Lewis, starring John Dall and Peggy Cummins. It tells a story of an Outlaw Couple
of sharpshooters - a former soldier Bart and a circus performer Laurie. They are both obsessed with guns, but in a different way: Bart likes owning and shooting them, but would never hurt anyone living, while Laurie dreams of actually killing somebody. When they find themselves unemployed, Bart wants to look for a decent job, but Laurie seduces him into a robbery spree. Soon it ends up with murder, and they find themselves hunted by much more force they could ever outrun.
Not to be confused with the Japanese film series of the same name.
Gun Crazy provides examples of the following tropes:
- Action Girl: Laurie.
- Anti-Hero: Main Characters.
- Bank Robbery: Bart and Laurie start with gas stations and move up to banks and trade companies.
- Dark Secret: They trade their dark secrets before getting their Fourth Date Marriage. Bart confesses that when he was a kid he stole a gun from a store and was sent to reform school. Than Laurie confesses she had already killed a man.
- Downer Ending: What would you expect from a Film Noir?
- Evil Former Friend: Bart, to his childhood friends.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Laurie.
- Fourth Date Marriage
- Gray Rain of Depression: In the opening scene.
- Heel Face Door Slam: With a literal door which Bart closes in faces of his childhood friends who came to offer him a Last-Second Chance.
- Heel Realization: Bart, after finding out ther robbery ended in blood.
- Last-Second Chance: Childhood friends come to him unarmed, asking him to surrender. He doesn't.
- Love at First Sight: Main characters fall in love right when they meet and, despite morality quarrels, never stop loving each other.
- Martial Pacifist: Bart, before he met Laurie. A sharpshooter who only shoots objects.
- My God, What Have I Done?: Bart.
- One Last Job: And it goes well! Except they later get tracked by bill numbers.
- Outlaw Couple: Main plot.
- Properly Paranoid: Laurie, at the end.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red Oni - Laurie, Blue Oni - Bart.
- Run or Die: Near the end, when the police is instructed to shoot to kill.
- Spinning Paper: Or rather Zooming Papers with reports on their robberies.
- Stern Chase
- Sympathetic Criminal
- Trigger Happy: Laurie likes guns too much. It seems, for her shooting durind the robbery is pleasure rather than necessity.
- Villain Protagonist
- William Telling: At the show where they meet, Laurie does this, and than Bart challenges her. During the contest, they do this to each other.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Averted. They actually use Bart's home, owned by his sister, as a last resort. They are surely not welcome there.