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Gang member Turkey Ralston (Ben Cooper) hangs out with saloonkeeper Vienna (Joan Crawford), who gets a visit from her ex-lover and reformed gunslinger Johnny Logan aka Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden).
Gang member Turkey Ralston (Ben Cooper) hangs out with saloonkeeper Vienna (Joan Crawford), who gets a visit from her ex-lover and reformed gunslinger Johnny Logan aka Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden).
Marshal Williams (Frank Ferguson), Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), and cattleman John McIvers (Ward Bond) lead a group of townspeople giving Vienna and her friends 24 hours to leave town.
Marshal Williams (Frank Ferguson), Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), and cattleman John McIvers (Ward Bond) lead a group of townspeople giving Vienna and her friends 24 hours to leave town.
Vienna (Joan Crawford) gets prepared for a necktie party, courtesy of John McIvers (Ward Bond) and rival Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge).
Vienna (Joan Crawford) gets prepared for a necktie party, courtesy of John McIvers (Ward Bond) and rival Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge).
Vienna (Joan Crawford) hoists a pistol in the dramatic shootout with her nemesis.
Vienna (Joan Crawford) hoists a pistol in the dramatic shootout with her nemesis.

Thumbnail for Johnny Guitar (1954) Johnny Guitar (1954)

Basic Info Rusty's rating: 78
Notable as: Revisionist Western, Adapted WorkGenre: Western, Revisionist Western, DramaNarrative location: ArizonaRuntime: 110 minutesColor: colorLanguage: EnglishCountry: United StatesDirector: Nicholas RayScreenwriter: Philip Yordan, Ben MaddowMusic: Peggy LeeCinematography: Harry StradlingStars: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, Scott Brady, Ernest Borgnine, Ward Bond, John Carradine, Royal Dano, Ben Cooper, Frank Ferguson Producer: Nicholas Ray, Republic Pictures, Herbert YatesAwards won: National Film RegistryAward details: (details at IMDb)
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Johnny Guitar is a 1954 American Republic Pictures western drama film starring Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge, and Scott Brady. The screenplay was based upon a novel by Roy Chanslor. Though credited to Philip Yordan, he was merely a front for the actual screenwriter, blacklistee Ben Maddow. Filmed in Republic's Trucolor process, the film was directed by Nicholas Ray and produced by Herbert J. Yates. In 2008, Johnny Guitar was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".


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