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Warlock (1959)

Approved | | Romance, Western | April 1959 (USA)
A famous gunman becomes the marshal of Warlock to end a gang's rampages, but is met with some opposition by a former gang member turned deputy sheriff who wants to follow only legal methods.



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Complete credited cast:
Johnny Gannon
Clay Blaisedell
Tom Morgan
Lily Dollar
Jessie Marlow
Judge Holloway
Abe McQuown
Curley Burne (as De Forest Kelley)
Henry Richardson
Dr. Wagner
Buck Slavin


The town of Warlock is plagued by a gang of thugs, leading the inhabitants to hire Clay Blaisdell, a famous gunman, to act as marshal. When Blaisdell appears, he is accompanied by his friend Tom Morgan, a club-footed gambler who is unusually protective of Blaisdell's life and reputation. However, Johnny Gannon, one of the thugs who has reformed, volunteered to accept the post of official deputy sheriff in rivalry to Blaisdell; and a woman arrives in town accusing Blaisdell and Morgan of having murdered her fiancé. The stage is set for a complex set of moral and personal conflicts. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Wherever you've been ... Whatever you've seen ... You've never run into anything like Warlock.


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

April 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shoot Out at Warlock  »

Box Office


$2,400,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)|


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Henry Fonda's name in the original US version is definitely "Clay," but some other sources refer to him as "Curt." Perhaps some foreign versions of the film renamed him because "Clay" as a first name was unfamiliar there, while "Curt" was. See more »


At around 1:12:20, Fonda is made to draw his gun, when he goes to put it back in the holster, he clearly misses the holster and gets it right on the second try. As a gunfighter he was obviously better at getting his gun out of the holster than putting it back. See more »


Jessie Marlow: The men you posted are coming into town.
Clay Blaisedell: I thank you for warning me, but I've already heard.
Jessie Marlow: Why does it have to happen? Why do these things always have to end in bloodshed?
Clay Blaisedell: Ah, that's how things are, Miss Jessie. That's why I was hired... why you hired me.
Jessie Marlow: And so they'll come into town, and you'll shoot them all down dog-dead in the street, is that it?
Clay Blaisedell: Or them me.
Jessie Marlow: Or them you...
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A Must-See Western for ALL movie fans
5 June 2001 | by (Phila., PA) – See all my reviews

This is one of those little known westerns that captivates you from the opening scene. It has everything you want in this genre of film: a great story, excellent characters, excellent actors and beautiful scenery & music. I'd never seen this movie and came across it while checking out the cable guide and was attracted to the title because I'm a sci-fi/horror lover. I didn't know it was a western. When I flipped it on, I noticed what kind of movie it was and almost changed the channel when I spotted DeForrest Kelly of Star Trek fame (I'm a devout Trekker). Then I saw Richard Widmark & Henry Fonda and just stayed tuned. I was taken my this flick and recommend it to anyone. I caught it in the middle so when it was over, I immediately went to the cable guide and searched for when it would be on again and made sure I watched it from beginning to end. WHAT A GREAT MOVIE! I also just ordered the VHS tape from Amazon.com. Definitely a MUST-SEE!!!

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