“How many men have you forgotten?” “As many women as you remember.”
In a dusty Arizona town, Joan Crawford’s pantswearing, gun-toting saloon owner (“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?”) stands to rake in the dough when the railroad comes through. But when the stage is robbed and a rancher murdered, the townspeople ready a noose for her more-than-friend The Dancin’ Kid, with insanely jealous cattle baroness Mercedes McCambridge hellbent on having Crawford join him. Enter Joan’s old flame Sterling Hayden, as the eponymous Johnny, who, despite preferring guitar-play over gun-play – and up against bad guys like Ernest Borgnine and Ward Bond – does what a man’s gotta do.
Convulsive and passionate, filled with bold, stylistic strokes!”Martin Scorses
Weird, hysterical, and quite unlike anything else in the history of the cowboy film!Geoff Andrew, Time Out (London)