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Johnny Guitar

Released 1954
Distributor Republic

Nick Ray’s wild “revisionist” western must be the most critically dissected Republic Picture ever. Pure fifties hysteria with Mercedes McCambridge at her most terrifyingly overwrought. Great cast and terrific score by Victor Young.

About Michael Lehmann

Michael Lehmann has directed nine feature films, including HeathersHudson HawkThe Truth About Cats and Dogs, and Because I Said So.  Among his numerous television directing credits are HomicideThe West WingThe Larry Sanders Show, Big Love, Californication, American Horror Story, Dexter and True Blood. He recently wrote and directed Betas, a pilot for Amazon Studios that has been ordered to series.