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"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over the aspect ratio of the release, but hopefully it will come out in its beautiful widescreen format as it was originally made.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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