TCM is celebrating what would’ve been Nicholas Ray’s 100th birthday with a month of his films — every Tuesday, to be exact.
Included in that lineup are a couple of terrific Westerns — Johnny Guitar (1954, see Ray with Joan Crawford below) and The True Story Of Jesse James (1957). Others not to miss are The Lusty Men (1952, a modern-day Western and one of Ray’s best pictures) and Bigger Than Life (1958). Really, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
I recently posted a piece of The True Story Of Jesse James, a picture that’s much better than its reputation and production history would indicate.