Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Nicolas Ray's Johnny Guitar (1954), the apparently socially-conscience, slyly intelligent western-allegory plays on TCM Friday at 4:30 PM ET. The film, shot just one year before Rebel Without a Cause, is unavailable on DVD and therefore can only be seen through old VHS copies, repertory screenings or cable airings.

I've never gotten the chance to watch it myself, and seeing as how I'm ready to go on a western kick (I've got Sam Peckinpah's Junior Bonner ('72), David Miller's Billy the Kid ('41), Anthony Mann's The Far Country ('54) and Henry Hathaway's Nevada Smith ('66) on my DVR), I'm excited to finally see it.

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