The Gun Runners

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The Gun Runners
Gun Runners poster.jpg
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Directed by Don Siegel
Produced by Herbert E. Stewart
Clarence Greene
Written by Daniel Mainwaring
Paul Monash
Ben Hecht
Based on To Have and Have Not (novel) by Ernest Hemingway
Starring Audie Murphy
Eddie Albert
Patricia Owens
Everett Sloane
Music by Leith Stevens
Cinematography Hal Mohr
Edited by Chester W. Shaeffer
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • September 1958 (1958-09) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Gun Runners is a 1958 film noir crime film directed by Don Siegel, is the third adaptation of Ernest Hemingway's novel To Have and Have Not, starring Audie Murphy and Patricia Owens.[1] Everett Sloane essays the part of the alcoholic sidekick originally played by Walter Brennan in the film's first adaptation, although Sloane's interpretation is less overtly comic. Eddie Albert delivers a bravura performance as a charismatic villain; other cast members include Jack Elam and Richard Jaeckel. Gita Hall, "Miss Stockholm of 1953", made her film debut as Albert's girlfriend Eva.

The earlier remake, titled The Breaking Point (1950), was directed by Michael Curtiz and starred John Garfield.


Sam Martin (Audie Murphy) runs a charter boat with his alcoholic first mate Harvey (Everett Sloane). He is forced by financial necessity to run guns for some revolutionaries.



This was the first feature from the fledgling Seven Arts Productions. Director Don Siegel was unhappy with having to use Audie Murphy in the lead role.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Gun Runners at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  2. ^ Glenn Erickson, 'The Gun Runners', Turner Classic Movies accessed 4 June 2012

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