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Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies
Posted March 24, 2011 to photo album "Hanna Kicks Ass, As Do These Other Fine Ladies"
Hanna may be a teenage girl, but she’s also a take-no-prisoners assassin. The news is she’s not alone in popular culture.
Gun Crazy: a Girl and a Gun
While Wonder Woman was off saving the world from the Axis powers, 1949 saw the filmic birth of the gun-toting moll. In Joseph H. Lewis’ Gun Crazy, which was originally titled Deadly is the Female, Annie Laurie Starr (Peggy Cummins) and Bart Tare (John Dall) are two outlaws, who drawn to each other by their love of guns, go on a crime spree. While a criminal, Starr is also an action hero, screaming out at one point, “No guts, nothing! I want action!” The movie advertised itself this way: "Notorious Laurie Starr...wanted in a dozen states...hunted by the F.B.I.! She was more than any man could handle!" Sam Adams, critic for the Philadelphia City Paper, wrote: "The codes of the time prevented Lewis from being explicit about the extent to which their fast-blooming romance is fueled by their mutual love of weaponry … but when Cummins' six-gun dangles provocatively as she gasses up their jalopy, it's clear what really fills their collective tank.”