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The must-be-seen-to-be-believed Fastest Guitar Alive offers singer Roy Orbison in his one and only movie starring role. Orbison plays Johnny Banner, a Confederate Spy who keeps a rifle hidden in his guitar. While on an espionage mission with partner Steve (Sammy Jackson), Johnny discovers that the war is over, and that now he and Steve are considered outlaws. Their many subsequent adventures include their involvement with dance-hall gals Flo (Maggie Pierce, co-star of the infamous TVer Maggie Pierce) and Sue (Joan Freeman). Indicative of the general tone of seriousness in this film is the presence of veteran comedian Ben Lessy as a most urban-looking Indian. Though silly in the extreme, Fastest Guitar Alive is at least superficially better than most of the youth-oriented Sam Katzman productions of the period. And besides, you wouldn't want to pass up an opportunity to see Roy Orbison in his performing prime. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Maggie Pierce
as Flo
Joan Freeman
as Sue
Lyle Bettger
as Charlie
John Doucette
as Sheriff Max Cooper
Ben Cooper
as Rink
Ben Lessy
as Indian Chief
Douglas Kennedy
as Joe
Iron Eyes Cody
as 1st Indian
Wilda Taylor
as Emily
Victoria Carroll
as Margie
Len Hendry
as Deputy


Sam Katzman
Merrill Pye
Art Director
George W. Davis
Art Director
Henry W. Grace
Set Designer