Sometimes you wonder what made folks fund a movie at a certain point in time, and I kinda wonder that about they who funded "Johnny Guitar". Joan Crawford stars as Vienna, a former dancehall girl who has scraped together enough to build a casino in the middle of nowhere, where a lot of impotent gunslinger/cowboys hang out, while she occasionally plays a grand pi-an-er. What we find out is that she's banking on this "nowhere" eventually being right where the new railroad tracks will run, and then she'll make a bundle. Enter the mysterious laconic stranger, Johnny Guitar. What we find out is that he's no stranger to Joan, at least. Now there's been a bank robbery, and Mercedes McCambridge who owns the bank is very angry that her brother banker has been killed. She wants justice from Joan of all people, whom she hates because the men are all more interested in Joan's blue-jeaned bod than hers, in her Little House on the Prairie get-up. Gun fights, lynchings, you name, it takes place before the dramatic showdown between Joan and Mercedes.
"Johnny Guitar" is weird because the storyline first of all is so odd; because the men are all without power; because Joan shouldn't have been in something like this really; and because it is crypto-lesbian. I mean, what is going ON here? With the right group of people, you'll have a good time. With the wrong group, you'll be thought strange for having suggested it.