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Johnny Guitar (1954) was a Western - Film Adaptation Film directed by Nicholas Ray .

Johnny Guitar was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2008.

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Johnny Guitar ( 1954 )

By The Metzinger Sisters on Sep 22, 2018 From Silver Scenes - A Blog for Classic Film Lovers

Joan Crawford in a western? If that sounds incredulous, Ms.Crawford must have thought so, too, because it was not until 1954 that she starred in her first spurs-and-guns picture - Johnny Guitar. Unlike Barbara Stanwyck, Joan seemed out of place in the desert locale sporting jeans - but she gave it a... Read full article


Johnny Guitar (1954): Guilty Pleasure? Nah

By Carol Martinheira on Jun 3, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Johnny Guitar (1954): Guilty Pleasure? Nah On June 3, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized Johnny Guitar (dir. Nicholas Ray), the Casablanca of westerns, is a psychological melodrama that often gets overlooked and unfairly dismissed. It’s not the greatest of westerns by... Read full article


Johnny Guitar (1954)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 13, 2018 From 4 Star Films

“I’m a stranger here myself.” ~ Sterling Hayden as Johnny Guitar In watching even only a handful of Nicholas Ray films, it’s possible to discern fairly quickly that his films?are?often about the marginalized outsiders. Rebel Without a Cause (1955)?is the most iconic example b... Read full article


Johnny Guitar (1954)

on Sep 13, 2017 From Journeys in Classic Film

The 1950s is easily the decade where the Western thrived. Captured in expansive CinemaScope, the Wild West never looked wilder. But with so many cowpokes roaming the range it was only a matter of time before the range turned in on itself. The year before he took teen rebellion to the mainstream with... Read full article


Johnny Guitar (1954)

By Beatrice on Dec 31, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Johnny Guitar Directed by Nicholas Ray Written by Philip Yordan from a novel by Roy Chanslor 1954/USA Republic Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #292 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Nick Ray strays into Sam Fuller territory with this gaudy, off-kilter Technicolor Western. Vienna (... Read full article


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Vienna: [Looking down at the deserted gambling area of her saloon] Spin the wheel, Eddie.
Eddie: [Perplexed] What for? There's no customers.
Vienna: I like to hear it spin.
[Eddie drops his paper and gives the roulette wheel a good spin]


Emma: You're nothing but a railroad tramp.


Mr. Andrews: [Dining privately with Vienna in her upstairs room] Tell me, why did you pick this spot to build? How could you possibly know that the railroad was coming this way?
Vienna: Some time ago I ran into your surveyor and... we exchanged confidences. When the railroad comes through here, how much do you think this property will be worth?
Mr. Andrews: What's Albuquerque worth?
Vienna: How would you like to share in it? I'll need all the help I can get.
Mr. Andrews: I couldn't help you. I'm not very handy with a gun.
Vienna: I'm offering you an opportunity to get rich!
Mr. Andrews: An opportunity to get killed would be more accurate.


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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.
Although Philip Yordan is credited as a screenwriter on the film, his contribution to the screenplay actually was written by Ben Maddow, whom Yordan fronted for, splitting the fee with the black-listed writer.
In scenes where the horses rode near a waterfall, they were fitted with blinders. The animals were so afraid of the waterfall that they wouldn't go near it without the blinders on.
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Released 1954
Inducted 2008
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