Joan Crawford kicks butt in ”Johnny Guitar”
IN Johnny Guitar (1954)
WHO IS SHE? In this rare cowgirl-centered Western, she’s a saloonkeeper who’s persecuted by townsfolk whipped into a frenzy by her nemesis, prim Emma Small (Mercedes McCambridge).
SKILLS Shootin’, brawlin,’ eyebrow-archin’. Also, she’s a shrewd businesswoman.
BATTLE GEAR All-black Western-wear, including britches
MALE ADMIRER Johnny Guitar (Sterling Hayden), a reformed gunfighter
DROP-DEAD DIALOGUE ”Down there I sell whiskey and cards. All you can buy up these stairs is a bullet in the head. Now which do you want?”
CAN’T GET ENOUGH? A younger Crawford leads frequent screen partner Clark Gable on a spy chase across Europe in Love on the Run (1936).