Johnny Guitar | 1954

Directed by: Nicholas Ray

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Main Plot

After helping a wounded gang member, a strong-willed female saloon owner is wrongly suspected of murder and bank robbery by a lynch mob.


  • Vienna, played by Joan Crawford, is a saloon owner who becomes the target of a vengeful townswoman in Johnny Guitar.
  • Sterling Hayden's character in "Johnny Guitar" is named Johnny Guitar and he is a retired gunslinger.
  • Mercedes McCambridge's character in "Johnny Guitar" is Emma Small, a villainous and vengeful saloon owner.


In the conclusion of "Johnny Guitar," after a series of intense confrontations, Vienna and Johnny are left as the only survivors. Vienna decides to leave town, but as she rides away, Johnny stops her and convinces her to stay and fight against the posse led by Emma. Together, they face the posse head-on, with Vienna shooting Emma in self-defense. The townspeople, realizing their unwarranted hatred, turn against the posse and allow Vienna and Johnny to escape. The film ends with Vienna and Johnny riding off into the sunset, leaving the town and its prejudices behind.

Nicholas Ray