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Johnny Guitar Overview:

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)

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


Accidentally Hilarious: Johnny Guitar (1954)

By Beth Daniels on Jul 15, 2014 From Mildred's Fatburgers

String 'er up!! Come for the Crazy, Stay for the Trucolor I believe I first saw this picture on a small black and white television, and it wasn't nearly the same experience as watching two angry women on different sides of 40 shoot daggers at each other in Trucolor. Johnny Guitar is a really g... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: JOHNNY GUITAR (1954)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 3, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Director Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar (1954) has the trappings of a conventional Western, with its cowboy hats, lynch mobs, and hold ups, but the heart of the movie beats to the rhythms of melodrama and noir, and this triple blend makes the film quite a chimera. Taking the vicious rivalry of t... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: JOHNNY GUITAR (1954)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 3, 2013 From Virtual Virago

Director Nicholas Ray’s Johnny Guitar (1954) has the trappings of a conventional Western, with its cowboy hats, lynch mobs, and hold ups, but the heart of the movie beats to the rhythms of melodrama and noir, and this triple blend makes the film quite a chimera. Taking the vicious rivalry of t... Read full article


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Quotes from

Johnny: [Mining crews are blasting up in the nearby hills, making the roads impassable] They're closing the pass. If you're thinking of running, it's a little late. I've got a hunch the posse will be droppin' in on ya' before night. Same people who paid you a visit yesterday, only they won't be the same. A posse isn't people. I've ridden with 'em, and I've ridden against 'em. A posse is an animal that moves like one and thinks like one.
Vienna: [Dismissively] They're men with itchy fingers and a coil of rope around their saddle horns, lookin' for somebody to hang. And after riding a few hours they don't care much WHO they hang. You haven't told me a thing I don't know.


Vienna: [Spoken to Johnny Guitar, with a certain scornful bitterness] A man can lie, steal... and even kill. But as long as he hangs on to his pride, he's still a man. All a woman has to do is slip - once. And she's a "tramp!" Must be a great comfort to you to be a man.


Vienna: You haven't changed at all, Johnny.
Johnny: What made you think I had?
Vienna: In five years, a person should learn something.
Johnny: Five years ago, I met you in a saloon; now I find you in one. I don't see much change.
Vienna: Except I *own* this one.


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Facts about

Sterling Hayden said: "There is not enough money in Hollywood to lure me into making another picture with Joan Crawford. And I like money."
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.
Joan Crawford, who had bought the rights to the novel, selling it to Republic Pictures with the provision that she would star, initially wanted Claire Trevor to play the part of Emma and was jealous of the younger, competitive Mercedes McCambridge.
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Johnny Guitar

Released 1954
Inducted 2008
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