Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar

A FILM BY: Nicholas Ray
WRITTEN BY: Philip Yordan (screenplay), Roy Chanslor (based on novel by)
STARRING: Joan Crawford, Sterling Hayden, Mercedes McCambridge

Picked by Justin, Projectionist

On the outskirts of town, the hard-nosed Vienna (Joan Crawford) owns a saloon frequented by the undesirables of the region, including Dancin' Kid (Scott Brady) and his gang. Another patron of Vienna's establishment is Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden), a former gunslinger and her lover. When a heist is pulled in town that results in a man's death, Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge), Vienna's rival, rallies the townsfolk to take revenge on Vienna's saloon -- even without proof of her wrongdoing.

Justin says: When I first started at the Music Box in 2013, JOHNNY GUITAR played as a matinee. I foolishly missed it and it hasn't played in Chicago on film since. I love everything about it. The way it looks (those colors! those costumes!), the way it feels (so sensitively dramatic! so wonderfully queer!), and that commanding performance by Joan Crawford. Oh my goodness!

Technical Information

Production Year: 1954
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Run Time: 110 mins
Format: 35mm