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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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Awards:
1 win See more »
User Reviews:
Perverse and fascinating... See more (108 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 | Finland:K-15 (2007) (uncut) | Finland:K-12 (1994) (uncut) | Finland:K-16 (1954) (cut) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1955) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG | 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:
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: After the bank robbery, Vienna and Johnny Guitar are riding along in a buggy drawn by a single horse. While the horse sounds like it is only trotting along, the scenery rushing past the buggy makes it appear the buggy is going at highway speed.See more »
Quotes:
Dancin' Kid:How'd Turkey take it? Hard?
Johnny:You ever know anyone to take a hangin' easy?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in La chinoise (1967)See more »
Soundtrack:
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40 out of 61 people found the following review useful.
Perverse and fascinating..., 27 August 1999

"Johnny Guitar" is a perverse and fascinating Western where sexual drive plays an important part in the story... It is known that Emma's madness/hysteria is a result of sexual repression... She detests Vienna, who has her choice of men, when the only man she can stir up herself is ugly Bart... And what is especially enraging for Emma is that while she is desperate for the Kid's love, Vienna, who now has Johnny back, turns the Kid away and still he doesn't stop being loyal to her... Even before Johnny returned to her life, Vienna had reached control over her sexual desires; but Emma hasn't such will power...

Johnny Guitar rides into a small town in the wilds of Arizona... He has been hired to work as guitarist by an aggressive lady of fortune, owner of a saloon-casino... Five years earlier they had been lovers, but he walked out on her, too restless to settle down...

There is a stage robbery, and a banker is killed... Emma Small (Mercedes McCambirdge), the dead man's sister, comes to Vienna's accompanied by the town marshal (Frank Farguson), and the wealthy rancher John McIvers (War Bond), and a bunch of vigilantes...

Emma and McIvers are determined to keep the area an open range for cattle... Emma also despises Vienna because the man she loves, the Dancin'Kid (Scott Brady), is attracted to her... She would rather see the Dancin'Kid dead than with Vienna, and tries to convince her companions that Vienna, the Kid, and the Kid's partners— stingy Bart (Ernest Borgnine), sickly Corey (Royal Dano), and young Turkey (Ben Cooper)—are responsible for her brother's death and should be hanged... Neither the marshal nor her ally McIvers will go along with her without real evidence, but McIvers orders Vienna and the Kid's gang to clear out the town...

That night, Vienna and Johnny admit they still love each lover... They agree to start again, but neither is certain the other can be relied upon... Vienna doesn't like Johnny's violent nature and Johnny is jealous that Vienna has had many lovers...

The following day, the Kid and his three companions decide to rob Emma's bank - figuring that as long as they are being forced to flee the area it might as well be for a genuine crime and not a stage robbery which they had no part in... The bank robbery takes place just as Vienna was withdrawing her money...

Joan Crawford wears black and packs six-guns... She makes all the decisions, initiates the action, and takes the majority of heroic stands—Privileges traditionally denied women in Westerns... Vienna dreams of a railroad and a new town... She wants to remain neutral, and sit and wait for the railroad to come and make her rich... She is at her best when she refuses to allow Emma and the vigilantes to arrest her for the murder of Emma's brother... She sees herself still in love with Johnny... She searches his face in every man she mets... Now she finds it hard keeping the peace between the two men who love her...

As Johnny Guitar, Sterling Hayden is a loner with a past... His character struggles to control hostile impulses... In fact, he begins with true explosion that occurs when he rides across the screen... Soon he finds himself compelled to strap on his gun again to protect his love...

Dressed in a black funeral dress, Mercedes McCambirdge is a highly frustrated Emma who constantly reminds the cattle people that Vienna is a foreigner, having lived in the region only five years... Appealing to their bigotry, she warns them that if the railroad comes through as Vienna plans, dirt farmers will push the cattlemen out of the territory...

As the Dancin'Kid, Scott Brady is a left-handed-draw, leader of a wild bunch, whose only desire is 'to leave the town so broke.' He tosses a coin into the air, promising Johnny Guitar he'll kill him if it turns out "head."

Nicholas Ray will be always remembered for "The Lusty Men," "Run for Cover," "The True Story of Jesse James," and "Johnny Guitar," his first film in color... With great skill, he makes a fantastic Western with two gun-carrying ladies in a showdown to-the-death...

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