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The Gun Runners (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | September 1958 (USA)
The Cuban misadventures of a Florida smuggler, at the time of the Cuban Revolution.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Ernest Hemingway (novel), Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Audie Murphy ... Sam Martin
Eddie Albert ... Hanagan
Patricia Owens ... Lucy Martin
Everett Sloane ... Harvey
Richard Jaeckel ... Buzurki
Paul Birch ... Sy Phillips
Jack Elam ... Arnold
John Qualen ... Pop
Edward Colmans ... Juan
Stephen Peck Stephen Peck ... Pepito (as Steven Peck)
Carlos Romero Carlos Romero ... Carlos Contreras (as Carl Rogers)
Gita Hall ... Eva
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Storyline

Remake of "To Have and Have Not" based on Hemingway short story. Plot reset to early days of Cuban revolution. A charter boat skipper gets entangled in gunrunning scheme to get money to pay off debts. Sort of a sea-going film noir with bad girl, smarmy villain, and the "innocent" drawn into wrong side of law by circumstances. Written by <rita.richardson@arch2nara.gov>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

September 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

One Trip Across See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Seven Arts Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Gita Hall (born Birgitta Wetterhall in 1933 in Sweden) in the role of Eva. See more »

Quotes

Sam Martin: [Sam has been questioned by a Coast Guard officer] Next time you wanta go fishin', Commander, let's do it in the Gulf.
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Connections

Version of Wetbacks (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Havana Holiday
Words and Music by Joe Lubin, and Curly Howard (as Jerome Howard)
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5 June 2014 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A remake of "To Have and Have Not" based on the Hemingway short story. The plot is reset to the early days of the Cuban revolution. A charter boat skipper (Audie Murphy) gets entangled in gunrunning scheme to get money to pay off debts.

Director Don Siegel may be the third person to tackle this tale, but he is not working fro ma dry well. By updating the story to involve the Cuban Revolution (before its success), the film takes on new life and now works as not only a great story but something of a historical document. Assisting Cuban rebels in 1958 may have had a very different sense at the time than it does today after fifty-plus years of Castro.

This was the first feature from the fledgling Seven Arts Productions, before they went on to make "The Misfits" (1961), "Lolita" (1962), and several others, including a large number of co-productions with Hammer films.


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