Johnny Guitar (1954)

NICHOLAS RAY

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.   USA, 1954.  Republic Pictures.  Screenplay by , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Joan Crawford in Johnny Guitar

Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge have a hoot of a time shooting it up in this fantastic female-led western. Crawford plays a saloon owner who has to protect her territory from land-owning, money-hungry McCambridge when a prospective railway construction jacks up the territory prices all around them. Between personal bouts, Joan manages to throw a look over at the title character () when she’s not too busy, a tall guitar-playin’ fella with a mighty big instrument. Audiences just love it when she puts on that black shirt! Peggy Lee sings the title song.

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