Joseph H. Lewis’ seminal 1949 production, released in early 1950, Gun Crazy aka Deadly is the Female, is one of the most important films in the noir canon.
Starring Peggy Cummins (who should have had a greater career in film), and John Dall (“I don’t know how I shall ever repay you…”) the film served as a progenitor for Bonnie and Clyde two decades later.
Beautifully shot in black & white by Russell Harlan, and with a score by Victor Young, it’s one of those films for which the sum is far more than the combined parts.
The screenplay was by blacklisted Dalton Trumbo.
Warner Archive’s Blu-ray presentation is perfect in every detail, and a welcome addition to any serious cinema library, replacing the earlier DVD.
Gray scale, resolution, grain structure, black levels, all in place, for this elegant and very important “B” production.
Image – 5
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass