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Director:
Writers:
Philip Yordan (screenplay)
Roy Chanslor (novel)
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Release Date:
27 May 1954 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Gun-Queen of the Arizona Frontier ! . . . and her kind of men !!!
Plot:
A strong willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob, when she helps a wounded gang member. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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User Reviews:
`There was never a man like my Johnny' See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Vienna

Sterling Hayden ... Johnny 'Guitar' Logan

Mercedes McCambridge ... Emma Small
Scott Brady ... Dancin' Kid

Ward Bond ... John McIvers
Ben Cooper ... Turkey Ralston

Ernest Borgnine ... Bart Lonergan

John Carradine ... Old Tom

Royal Dano ... Corey
Frank Ferguson ... Marshal Williams

Paul Fix ... Eddie

Rhys Williams ... Mr. Andrews
Ian MacDonald ... Pete
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
India Adams ... Singer for Miss Joan Crawford (singing voice) (uncredited)
Trevor Bardette ... Jenks (uncredited)
George Bell ... Posseman (uncredited)
Bob Burrows ... Posseman (uncredited)
Curley Gibson ... Posseman (uncredited)
Chick Hannan ... Posseman (uncredited)
Clem Harvey ... Posseman (uncredited)
Frank Marlowe ... Frank - Bartender (uncredited)
John Maxwell ... Jake - Bank Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Posseman (uncredited)
Sheilk O'Brien ... Posseman (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Sam (uncredited)

Denver Pyle ... Posseman (uncredited)
Rocky Shahan ... Cowboy at Hanging (uncredited)
Dean Williams ... Posseman (uncredited)
Sumner Williams ... Posseman (uncredited)
Sheb Wooley ... Posseman (uncredited)

Will Wright ... Ned - Bank Teller (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas Ray 
 
Writing credits
Philip Yordan (screenplay)

Roy Chanslor (novel)

Ben Maddow  uncredited
Nicholas Ray  uncredited

Produced by
Nicholas Ray .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Victor Young 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Richard L. Van Enger 
 
Art Direction by
James W. Sullivan  (as James Sullivan)
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle (set decorations)
John McCarthy Jr. (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Sheila O'Brien (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herbert E. Mendelson .... assistant director (as Herb Mendelson)
 
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
 
Stunts
Robert Bradshaw .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Rocky Shahan .... stunts (uncredited)
Charles Wilcox .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Nels Mathias .... grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Stanley Wilson .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herbert J. Yates .... presenter
Jason Lindsey .... dialogue director (uncredited)
Ralph McCutcheon .... horse trainer (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
110 min | West Germany:104 min (cut version)
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Color:
Color (Trucolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG | Chile:18 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1955) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (1998) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #16818) | West Germany:12 (nf) (cut version) | West Germany:16 (nf) (original rating)

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Trivia:
This film was intended for 3D viewing.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Johnny has the shootout with Bart in front of the hill-top cabin, in the background we can see Vienna standing on the deck of the cabin, her body all the way to the timber railing. She is in sunlight. Then the view of her goes to a closeup, but now she is standing inside the door opening - in what is obviously a studio shot. This is probably connected to the fact that Joan Crawford insisted on her close-ups only being filmed in the studio, where the lighting could be rigidly controlled. No close-up of her was ever shot while on location.See more »
Quotes:
Johnny:How many men have you forgotten?
Vienna:As many women as you've remembered.
Johnny:Don't go away.
Vienna:I haven't moved.
Johnny:Tell me something nice.
Vienna:Sure, what do you want to hear?
Johnny:Lie to me. Tell me all these years you've waited. Tell me.
Vienna:[without feeling] All those years I've waited.
Johnny:Tell me you'd a-died if I hadn't come back.
Vienna:[without feeling] I woulda died if you hadn't come back.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Mississippi Mermaid (1969)See more »
Soundtrack:
Old Joe ClarkSee more »

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25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
`There was never a man like my Johnny', 19 May 2003
Author: Ilya Mauter

Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden) walks into a saloon run by Vienna (Joan Crawford), who is his past love whom he hasn't seen for five years. He's looking for a job as guitar player. Many things has changed since they saw each other for the last time, Vienna turned from a plain saloon singer to its owner, and Johnny Guitar, also known as John Logan, one of the fastest to draw the gun in the West, passed through many tribulations too, but one thing immediately becomes clear as they meet again (`I've waited for you, Johnny') that the major suffering they had to pass through was the solitude, the pain of separation from each other.

But five years is a long time and `How many man have you forgotten? – As many as you remember.' There's a man she hasn't forgotten yet called Dancing Kid and there's also a woman who haven't forgiven Vienna for not forgetting him, his most dangerous rival in life and in love Emma (Mercedes McCambridge), ready to stop before nothing to have her revenge on Vienna and get Dancing Kid's heart back from her possession.

But `Spin the wheel, Eddie!' and here is Emma together with town's Marshal accusing Dancing Kid and his partners of recently committed robbery. The accusation that soon makes them go against the law and flee together with Johnny and Vienna. `Keep the wheel spinning, Eddie!' There they are on the run towards the end culminating in a duel between the two women and in so many loves and so many deaths. `Stop spinning the wheel, Eddie!'

Fabulous acting by fabulous actors, wonderful script with unforgettably intelligent and witty dialogs, magnificent direction and intensity of passions surpassing the impact of deaths of `cowboys dying with the grace of ballet dancers' (François Truffaut in his review on the film). What more can I say? Simply one of the greatest Westerns ever made that deserves to be seen and seen again. 10/10

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