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5.0 out of 5 stars "I AM ONE HAPPY BOY!!!", May 28, 2012
This review is from: Johnny Guitar [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
2012 will be the year of Joan Crawford as two of her greatest films finally have a well-deserved release on DVD for the first time here in North America. The first is 1955's "Female on the Beach" which comes out in June and the second is this classic "Johnny Guitar" which arrived in theatres the previous year.

Although "Johnny Guitar" bombed at the box office it has gone on to become a true western classic and is beloved by many including Martin Scorsese who is interviewed in a special bonus feature. The movie also found a huge following in France and other countries.

Joan Crawford herself hated the movie stating, "I should have had my head examined. No excuse for a film being this bad or for me making it. I never knew what the hell the script was about half the time". Personally I believe Joan was too hard on herself. A lot of what she felt about the film was due to what was going on in her personal life during the making of it. She had four kids to support, a dwindling career and she was getting older, not to mention her and co-star Mercedes McCambridge didn't get along off set. During a scene in which the crew applauded Mercede's performance Joan ran off. Later that night while drunk Joan broke into McCambridge's dressing room, took all her cloths for the next day's filming and scattered them over the Arizona highway where the movie was being shot.

The plot is pretty simple in that it deals with two strong-willed women played by Joan and McCambridge who do battle as Joan's character owns a saloon and McCambridge's character wants her out of town as she feels she's trouble. Snarling at Crawford in one scene Mercedes exclaims, "Your nothin' but a railroad tramp!", a line I have since used in different situations.

There is still some confusion over the aspect ratio of the release, but hopefully it will come out in its beautiful widescreen format as it was originally made. The movie is available in both Blu Ray and DVD.
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Initial post: May 29, 2012 11:35:13 AM PDT
LA MovieGuy says:
A real fun movie to watch and re-watch. While most reviewers seem hung up on the aspect ratio, I was just glad to find that it is finally coming out again after many years. I have a VHS copy that I got off TCM years ago and enjoy it greatly. I see the film in a way that seems to escape many viewers. It's a giant spoof of classic westerns. There are many cliche moment that are slipped into the film,such as the riders reaching the bandits hideaway (Hole -in-the-Wall gang?) by riding through a waterfall. But when they come out they're dry!
Also much of the ranting and raving by Crawford and McCambridge at each other is in the best tradition of over-the-top acting. Johnny Guitar himself comes out of a big fist fight with nary a scrape and the good 'ol guitar still n place. If you look at the film in that light, it's a "hoot" as they used to say. Looking forward to it.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2012 12:38:03 PM PDT
LA MovieGuy;
Thanks for you sweet post about the movie and it is a real treat to have it on DVD and even Blu Ray!

Posted on Jun 17, 2012 11:47:24 PM PDT
you just totally made my day! I had no idea that Female on the Beach would be out!!

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 29, 2012 5:24:23 PM PDT
Richard...I now have a copy and it is superb!!!!!

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 8:32:07 AM PDT
It's July and no "Female on the Beach." There's a movie "Woman on the Beach" but that is a Joan Bennet vehicle. Not the same. So I am only half happy! <grin> -Steve

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 9:08:41 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 9:09:18 AM PDT
Stephen..."Female on the Beach" is ONLY available on another website exclusively, so I am going to take a chance and post it here, but I don't know what Amazon's rules are...the website is MoviesUnlimited and the film is part of 4 films called "Women in Danger" that features 4 movies from the 1950's consisting of women in various stories of distress. The film of Joan's looks flawless. Hopefully this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 7, 2012 4:11:57 PM PDT
RW says:
The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) site also has the "Women in Danger" set, and from what I've seen, TCM and Movies Unlimited are under the same product exclusivity umbrella. However, eventually those exclusive titles do show up on Amazon.

Posted on Jul 9, 2012 5:44:27 PM PDT
Profgv says:
A great movie..I am so happy it's on dvd now..I still have my VHS copy.
This film was ahead of it's time given the 1950s...Filled with sexual suggestion and innuendo.
Like a fine film noir staged in a circus...The actors are superb.

Posted on Jul 20, 2012 8:28:45 PM PDT
This wasn't made in widescreen but was cropped for for 1:66 showing

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 8:45:44 AM PDT
Profgv says:
I like your review and it is a hoot....No one gets dirty even Joan riding on that horse...but I still enjoy the long as it,s a good transfer i dont care what the ratio is.....happy to have it.
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