Johnny Guitar

Synopsis: Vienna has built a saloon outside of town, and she hopes to build her own town once the railroad is put through, but the townsfolk want her gone. When four men hold up a stagecoach and kill a man the town officials, led by Emma Small, come to the saloon to grab four of Vienna's friends, the Dancin' Kid and his men. Vienna stands strong against them, and is aided by the presence of an old acquaintance of hers, Johnny Guitar, who is not what he seems.
Genre: Drama, Western
Director(s): Nicholas Ray
Production: Republic
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110 min

All's clear!


- What's your pleasure?

- Whiskey.

- Where's the boss?

- Who's asking?

Name is Johnny...



I have an appointment with Vienna.

Vienna's busy. You'll have to wait.

- I could use a little dinner.

- Fix him up in the kitchen, Tom.

Right this way.

You ain't paid for your drink, mister.

Now, friend, don't rush the night.

I may be around a while.

Take good care o' these.

That's a lot of man

you're carrying in those boots.

There's something about a tall man

makes people sit up and take notice.

It's a Johnny Guitar.

Says he has an appointment with you.

I'll see him later.

- Sam, light a lamp and hang it outside.

- Nobody'll be in in this weather.

If they do, how can they

find the place? Just hang a lamp.

Never seen a woman who was more a man.

She thinks like one, acts like one,

and sometimes makes me feel like I'm not.

Eddie, that's last month's paper.

How many times do you have to read it?

I like to know what's happening

in the world outside.

There'll be plenty going on here soon.

Just worry about that.

I never believed I'd end my years

working for a woman

and likin' it.

- Spin the wheel, Eddie.

- What for? No customers.

I like to hear it spinning.

Please sit down.

- More wine, Mr. Andrews?

- No, I'd better get back to my crew.

We've a good deal of mountain

to blast through.

But you have to wait till the storm settles.

Tell me, why did you pick this spot to build?

How could you possibly know

that the railroad was coming this way?

Some time ago, I ran into your surveyor

and we exchanged confidences.


When the railroad comes through,

how much will this property be worth?

- What's Albuquerque worth?

- How would you like to share in it?

I'll need all the help I can get.

I couldn't help you. I'm not handy with a gun.

I'm offering you an opportunity to get rich.

An opportunity to get killed

would be more accurate.

I see you've been influenced by my friends.

They're determined people.

Too determined for my tastes.

But I wish you luck, Vienna.

For whatever it's worth.

Thanks, Mr. Andrews,

but I'm not trusting to luck.

A good gunfighter doesn't depend

on four-leafed clovers.

And I think I...

- Expecting company?

- Not for dinner.


Keep the wheel spinning, Eddie.

Come on down, Vienna.

Take a good look, Vienna.

I'm sorry, Emma. Your brother

was a very fine man.

How would you know?

He was one man

who never even looked at you.

He was still a fine man.

We want the Dancin' Kid

and his bunch.

They don't live here.

You're one o' them.

- Wait.

- We don't need you, Marshal.

We got enough trouble, Vienna.

Don't give us none.

The only trouble we have

is what you've brought in.

- Jenks.

- Yes, Mr. McIvers.

You were driving the stagecoach.

You saw the killin'. Who did it?

- Answer the question.

- There was four of 'em.

- I didn't ask how many. I asked who.

- The sun was in my eyes.

A while ago, you said it was

the Dancin' Kid. Say it now.

You said it was the Kid.

I only said it could have been.

- Any more witnesses, Marshal?

- We don't need any more witnesses.

We're taking you and your men into custody.

Eddie, you can stop spinning the wheel.

Come and get me, Mr. McIvers.

- We don't want no shooting, Vienna.

- I'm not coming peaceably, Marshal.

Look, this is a hanging matter.

We can't go arresting people without proof.

If the Kid was here, you'd want proof?

The Kid and Vienna

aren't the same.

I say they are.

They both cast the same shadow.

Someone holds up the stagecoach,

your brother is killed

and all you can think about

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Philip Yordan

Philip Yordan (April 1, 1914 – March 24, 2003) was an American screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. more…

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