Johnny Guitar

Johnny Guitar

DVD - 2012
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Saloon owner Vienna battles the local townspeople headed by Emma, the local sexually repressed, lynch-happy female rancher out to frame her for a string of robberies. Johnny Logan is a guitar-strumming drifter with a dark past who was once in love with Vienna and has been offered a job in her saloon. Nicholas Ray's epic western is considered one of the most original westerns of all time. The women are far tougher than the men and some saw a bizarre allegory for the McCarthy era Red Scare.
Publisher: [United States] : Olive Films : Paramount, [2012]
Description: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD John


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Oct 24, 2016

This 1954 Western/Chick Flick is often quite hilarious, especially when the 2 female characters in the story are at each others' throats, hurling insults and making threats.

Johnny Guitar is definitely worth a view.

Apr 15, 2016

Based on Roy Chanslor’s novel, director Nicholas Ray takes all the conventions of Hollywood’s traditional Western and turns them inside out in this gender-bending oater, and the results are at once deadly serious and giddily surreal. Rich technicolor backdrops and Wild West Gothic interiors highlight a snappy subversive script which places the women firmly in charge while the men bluster and pose impotently. Further reversing genre expectations, Ray casts a virginal spinster as the “bad guy” while a worldly (and definitely un-virginal) female saloon owner maintains the moral high ground right to the bullet-riddled finale. As for sexual innuendo, I’ll leave all those scenes of thrusting rock formations, moist tunnels, and long hard gun barrels (held at waist level) for the armchair Freudians. In an interesting aside, Crawford so hated younger co-star McCambridge (who would provide the demon voice in Friedkin’s "The Exorcist" twenty years later) that she once took the actress’ entire wardrobe and scattered it along the interstate!

7duffy Sep 01, 2015

Strange, it appears to be a western, but it's more like an opera ....... using a western backdrop. Interesting use of colors, scenery, positioning of characters. In one scene the "good guys" are wearing black and the "bad girl" is wearing white. Joan Crawford often looks like a caricature with her big blue eyes and blood red lips. Not what I expected and I'm not sure what to make of it, except to say it was interesting to analyze and that made it more entertaining to watch.

Oct 04, 2014

Movie quote - "I've never seen a woman who was more like a man."

Let's face it - With this somewhat off-kilter, 1954 Western being a "Joan Crawford" vehicle - Who do you think was gonna get the juiciest dialogue? Who do you think was gonna be standing centre-stage in the meatiest scenes? And, whose character do you think was gonna be permitted to chew up the scenery, yet come out as the shining heroine at the end of this train-wreck?.... Who?... I'll give you exactly one guess who that was.

You can be sure that "Johnny Guitar" (I wish this film had been titled something else) was a movie chock-full of hysterical, heavy-duty confrontations where it was the 2 women (not the men) who were clearly running the show.

Time & again, it was Crawford, as the dignified saloon-keeper, Vienna, and Mercedes McCambridge, as the lynch-happy rancher, Emma Small, who were at each others' throats like a pair of ravenous vultures heading for the kill.

Watching these 2 middle-aged babes go at it was, without a doubt, the crowning highlight of this decidedly "bent" Western. The absolute venom that was spat out between Vienna & Emma was so outrageously over-the-top at times that, before long, this story began to play out like something of a very twisted parody.

All-in-all - "Johnny Guitar" definitely wasn't the best movie of its genre ever made, but, in the long run, it sure did pack one helluva mean-spirited wallop with its honest-to-goodness stab at attempting to reverse the gender roles of your average, 1950's Cowboy B-movie.

Nov 29, 2013

I had seen this movie before but this time it took on a whole different connatation. The people that were supposed to be bad, was actually good, and the good people that were good were actually bad. I took this application to show how bad people were supposely trying to act good and how they put down good people whom they thought were bad baecause of the lifestyle changes that they made to live a decent life. So, don't judge someone until you walk in their shoes just because they don't want to follow the crowd.

Oct 22, 2012

Man, I thought the venomous Joan Crawford was scary, with those eyebrows and that blood red lipstick, but her blood-lusting crackpot nemesis Emma (Mercedes McCambridge) was even more frightening. "Catfight At The O.K. Corral"! This is a fun movie with such goodies as: a saloon built into rock; a secret hideout; and a 'Turkey' (who deserved what he got, the liar), a 'Dancin' Kid', and a guitar man. Sterling Hayden was cool as a cucumber as the latter, Johnny 'Guitar' Logan. I would've like to have heard more of Peggy Lee singing the abbreviated "Johnny Guitar" at film's close :(


Add a Quote

Oct 22, 2012

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 cuppa' coffee." Marshal Williams: "And who are you?" Johnny: "The name, sir... is Johnny Guitar."

Oct 22, 2012

Dancin' Kid: "I always wanted to shoot me a guitar man..."

Oct 22, 2012

Dancin' Kid: "How'd you like to come home with me, Corey?" Corey: "Where's yer home?" Dancin' Kid: "New York." Bart: "New York! I been there! Stinks of fish!!"

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at BPL

To Top