JOHNNY GUITAR

JOHNNY GUITAR

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Joan Crawford and Mercedes McCambridge engage in combat for the love of a guitar toting, reformed gunfighter (Sterling Hayden) in what may be the first camp western in its deliberate exploitation of clichés and their reversal. The scriptwriter Philip Yordan claimed that the film was an anti-McCarthy parable, probably an acknowledgement after the event. The baroque intensity of it all was born from the ultimately successful negotiation of an impending mess. The film amused Nicholas Ray in retrospect. Make of it what you will. (BH)

JOHNNY GUITAR

  • Director: Nicholas Ray
  • Year: 1954
  • Run Time: 110 mins
  • Country: USA
  • Rating: PG