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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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(63 articles)
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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-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:
Bosley Crowther in the review in The New York TImes wrote that Joan Crawford "plays essentially the same role played by Van Heflin in Shane (1953)".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:
Johnny:There's nothin' like a good smoke and a cuppa' coffee. You know, some men got the craving for gold and silver. Others need lotsa' land, with herds of cattle. And then there's those that got the weakness for whiskey, and for women. When you boil it all down, what does a man really need? Just a smoke and a cup of coffee.
Marshal Williams:And who are you?
Johnny:The name, sir, is Johnny Guitar.
Dancin' Kid:[Scornfully] That's no name!
Johnny:[Cooly] Anybody care to change it?
Vienna:I hired you to play the guitar, not insult my customers.
Johnny:Well, if these are your customers, I'm not so sure I'll take this job.
[...]
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8 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
color, in black and white, 27 January 2008
Author: robveal from United States

Boy this is a jewel, and for many different reasons. A good lot of people deserve credit for their work

First is Nicholas Ray for his direction. A fine preparation and presentation of the visual elements really took some doing. The use, but not excessive glorification (thank goodness), of the relatively new Trucolor is well-done; the horses full of black-clad riders rushing up the rocky hill in the night, the many shots of the furious blazes dissolving Vienna's place, and so much more.

The acting is remarkable. Sterling Heyden, just in standing before the camera and delivering his lines in that firm and fearless manner (ala Asphalt Jungle), is a strong presence. John Carradine once again shows himself as the precious dramatist he proved himself to be many years before in The Grapes of Wrath.

What strikes me the most, though, is Ben Maddow's (thank Phillip Yordan for being an heroic front) screenplay. It is not only thick in theme and symbolism, it is thick with what was (at the time) almost unprecedented elements. Both Vienna and Emma are, as either GOOD or BAD, shown as the leaders of men! Pacifism is being shown as a good thing! Is that the good guys wearing black and the bad guys wearing white (or maybe the other way around)?! As many comments have mentioned, the Un-American Activities Committee parallels (complete with the entire Ox-Bow-esquire element) are, really, quite thinly veiled. The economically powerful, Small and McIver, are dominant and monopolistic capitalists (a version of antagonism almost unseen, for obvious reasons, since the McCarthey-assaulted Force of Evil). Remember, this is 1954!!!! This stuff is downright revolutionary! How did they ever get it all past the censors and masters of the code?

Let's hope time doesn't forget this one in favor of some formulaic shoot-'em-ups simply because they feature "the Duke."

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