[quote=“Tom B., post:1, topic:751”]What westerns have you waited for a chance to get to see and then were really disappointed at what you actually saw.
JOHNNY GUITAR (1954) is one of those for me. I finally got to see this film a few years ago. It is always mentioned when classic westerns are discussed or written about. Boy what a let down. Joan Crawford is about as wooden as you can get, and Sterling Hayden seemed all wrapped up in himself. Why would anyone follow Mercedes McCambridge’s lead. Scott Brady always comes across as a bully. The sets are way over the top and about half way through I didn’t care what happened to anyone in the film just so it was over. Ben Cooper, always a pain in the butt, is terrible and his death scene looks like a high school actor’s performance. Although wanting to be taken seriously this film comes across as a parody and a joke and what a boring film to boot.[/quote]
I agree with you, Tom. Still I think this was the film with one of the strongest lines I ever heard in a western:
“I never shake hands with a left-handed gun”
It’s been quite some time since I saw the film, but I think it was Sterling Hayden who spoke it.
I’ve seen quite a few westerns that were a let-down, but it’s hard to pick that one major disappointment.
Still, it’s an interesting idea. I’ll think about it and let you all know.