After spending his youth in a corrective institution and a tour of duty in the Army, Bart Tare (John Dall), a troubled young man with a life-long fascination with guns, meets a carnival sideshow performer Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins),… More After spending his youth in a corrective institution and a tour of duty in the Army, Bart Tare (John Dall), a troubled young man with a life-long fascination with guns, meets a carnival sideshow performer Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins), who shares his obsession. Bart joins her act and begins an affair with Annie. Fired from their job by their jealous boss, they begin a life of increasingly violent crimes, culminating in murder. They attempt to flee across the border, but cut-off by the police they return to Bart's hometown. When the local police find them they attempt to flee on foot across the mountains. They are trapped and Bart shots Annie and is himself killed by the police. The prototypical noir style of the film, with its grim narrative core of a fugitive couple and its pervasive aura of eroticism has made Gun Crazy a key film in the noir cycle. Director Joseph H. Lewis emphasises the relationship of sex and violence anticipating later films such as Bonnie and Clyde, and the relationship between Annie and Bart is one of the most purely sexual in film noir, and Annie, one of the most frankly sexual of the noir women, is the aggressor. Bart abandons his principles, his friends and his family to follow Annie and it is Annie who initiates their criminal activity and uses sexual blackmail and the sheer sexual thrill of violence to overcome Bart's initial inhibitions. No other film utilizes the concepts of violence, death and obsessive love as fully on a variety of levels as Gun Crazy. The final scene, as the lovers lay dead in each other's arms reaffirms the central theme of the film. Annie and Bart are made for each other, but only in the context of violent and death.