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A Talent for Loving


"A Talent for Loving" is a British-American comedy Western film directed by Richard Quine, and based on the 1961 parodic Western novel A Talent for Loving, or The Great Cowboy Race by Richard Condon, who also wrote the screenplay. The film stars Richard Widmark and Cesar Romero. The home video version of the film is re-titled "Gun Crazy" and has been edited to 95 minutes.


"A Talent for Loving", published in 1961, was the fourth novel by Richard Condon and one of the books that inspired a brief cult for his strenuously off-beat works. A subtitle does not appear on the cover of its first edition but is shown on an inner page, and the entire title is sometimes given as A Talent for Loving; or The Great Cowboy Race. Although Condon's three earlier works all had occasional elements of sardonic, or even exceptionally dark humor in them, this novel is forthrightly humorous throughout and could be called a modern version of the tall tale, or exaggerated story-telling, so typical of the 19th-century American Old West. Set in Texas and northern Mexico in the decades around 1865, its basic premise is a fantastic one: In the 16th century an Aztec priest has cut off his own hand and used the bloody stump to lay a curse upon a blasphemous Spanish conquistador and all his direct descendants. The curse: that once any of the descendants, whether male or female, have tasted physical love, even in the form of a single kiss, they will spend the rest of their lives as being nearly sexually insatiable.

  • also known as "A talent for loving; or, The great cowboy race"; Talent For Loving
  • released in (55 years ago)

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Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Film (1991)

by James Monaco

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