Johnny Guitar / Peggy Lee
Flipped on the TV the other day and Johnny Guitar was playing.
I started to watch for a bit – then I couldn’t stop.
I could see why many consider this a Western Classic.
Yet it is still such a strange movie that some
question if it’s really a Western?
I won’t get into the psycho babble and analysis the movie has undergone. Smarter minds have already done that.
I will just say that I can’t consider it a Favorite or mine.
I couldn’t watch it every year.
This movie didn’t need a Tagline:
They just stuck Joan on the cover.
Because love her or hate her,
Crawford’s Star Power was off the charts.
Get the picture?
One thing that really caught my attention was how little
the film makers cared about Sedona.
They were just blowing the whole place to hell!
Video excerpt shots from the movie trailer:
Explosive entertainment for sure.
Typical of the disrespect of film makers in that that era
for anything other than the Box Office.
Although Sedona is now an overrun Tourist Trap,
I still love the place.
And it’s often bragged there that they’ve
filmed over 70 Westerns here.
But it’s still hard to stomach that they disrespected
this very special place so little that they would
do this kind of thing.
Later, ATV’s (all terrain vehicles) and Jeep Rentals
had to be monitored for the very same reason.
They were just running all over the place.
The place just seems to be overrun now.