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Johnny Guitar


Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Scott Brady, Mercedes McCambridge,

Johnny Guitar shows off Ray’s talent for transforming intractable material into a highly personal work of art. Joan Crawford plays a saloonkeeper, Vienna, whose financial savvy makes her fellow townspeople queasy. Under the baton of rancher Emma (Mercedes McCambridge), whose ancient jealousy of Vienna knows no bounds, the community is orchestrated into a lynch mob. Sterling Hayden's Johnny Guitar is an unlikely hero at best, a laconic gunman who is forced by virtue of conscience and intelligence to take a stand against the real enemy: insidious mob psychology fueled by an outrageous sexual hypocrisy.

Judy Bloch
  • Philip Yordan
Based On
  • a novel by Roy Chanslor

  • Harry Stradling Sr.
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 110 mins
  • Paramount Pictures

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Johnny Guitar (program note), Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 2006

Johnny Guitar (program note), Harvard Film Archive, 2004

The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003

Feminism, Freud, and blacklist fear in Ray's cult western (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2003

The melodramatists (article), American Film, Harlan Kennedy, 1992

Johnny Guitar (program note), Mill Valley Film Festival, 1980

Johnny Guitar (program note), Los Angeles International Film Exposition, 1980

Johnny Guitar (distributor materials), Kit Parker Films, 1979

The films of Nicholas Ray (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1973

Johnny Guitar (review), Variety, Brog., 1954

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