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Johnny Concho Details


Coadapted by David Harmon from his own TV play, the psychological western Johnny Concho stars Frank Sinatra as the title character, a callow young punk who lives off the reputation of his gunslinger brother. Most of the townsfolk consider Johnny to be nothing more than a cowardly bully; only Mary Dark (Phyllis Kirk), who loves Johnny, and gunfighter-turned-preacher Barney Clark (Keenan Wynn) can see the scared little boy beneath his swaggering facade. When word comes down that Johnny's brother has been killed and that the killers (William Conrad and Christopher Dark) intend to take over the town, Johnny runs like a scared rabbit. Eventually summoning up his innate courage, Johnny returns, hoping to convince the citizens to help him rid the town of the despotic killers. As "zero hour" approaches, however, Johnny is forced to go up against his enemies all by himself. The political symbolism in Johnny Concho is impossible to ignore, though it is up to the viewer to decide if this is an anti-Red or anti-McCarthy tract. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Frank Sinatra
as Johnny Concho
Keenan Wynn
as Barney Clark
William Conrad
as Tallman
Phyllis Kirk
as Mary Dark
Wallace Ford
as Albert Dark
Dorothy Adams
as Sarah Dark
Christopher Dark
as Walker
Howard Petrie
as Helgeson
Harry Bartell
as Sam Geen
Willis B. Bouchey
as Sheriff Henderson
Robert Osterloh
as Duke Lang
Jean Byron
as Pearl Lang
Leo Gordon
as Mason
Claude Akins
as Lem
John Qualen
as Joke
Wilfrid Knapp
as Pearson
Ben Wright
as Benson
Joe Bassett
as Bartender
Dan Riss
as Judge Tyler


Don McGuire
Frank Sinatra
Don McGuire
William C. Mellor
Nelson Riddle
Composer (Music Score)
Nelson Riddle
Musical Direction/Supervision
Hedi Temessy
Art Director
Nicolai Remisoff
Art Director
Gustav Bernsten
Set Designer
Gwen Wakeling
Costume Designer
Bernard Ponedel