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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director Don Siegel was unhappy with Audie Murphy as the choice for the lead role. See more »

Quotes

Harvey: A man can't turn bad if it ain't in him to be bad. And it ain't in you, Sam.
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Connections

Version of To Have and Have Not (1944) See more »

Soundtracks

Havana Holiday
Words and Music by Joe Lubin, and Curly Howard (as Jerome Howard)
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Third time still lucky!
10 March 2007 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

It puzzles me why producer Clarence Greene and Seven Arts thought the public would go for yet another re-telling of Hemingway's "To Have and Have Not" when both the Bogart-Bacall and Garfield-Neal versions are so widely regarded as definitive. But here it is, and I must admit that Mainwaring and Monash have added a few more suspenseful wrinkles to the screenplay and that Audie Murphy does surprisingly well by the Bogart-Garfield role. The other players are equally adept, particularly Eddie Albert as the chillingly convincing heavy and the lovely Gita Hall (in the first of only two movies, alas). And it's always good to see players like Richard Jaeckel, Herb Vigran and Jack Elam in roles that allow them to display their talents.

Beautifully photographed by Hal Mohr on actual Key West locations, the movie also gives director Don Siegel some splendid action opportunities which he handles in his usual dramatic style, although the climax itself seems somewhat truncated by comparison with the preceding versions.


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