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Director:
Writers:
Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay)
Oakley Hall (novel)
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Release Date:
1 April 1959 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The town of Warlock is plagued by a gang of thugs, leading the inhabitants to hire Clay Blaisdell, a famous gunman... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Perhaps the best psychological western ever made See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Richard Widmark ... Johnny Gannon

Henry Fonda ... Clay Blaisedell

Anthony Quinn ... Tom Morgan

Dorothy Malone ... Lily Dollar

Dolores Michaels ... Jessie Marlow
Wallace Ford ... Judge Holloway
Tom Drake ... Abe McQuown

Richard Arlen ... Bacon

DeForest Kelley ... Curley Burne (as De Forest Kelley)

Regis Toomey ... Skinner

Vaughn Taylor ... Henry Richardson

Don Beddoe ... Dr. Wagner

Whit Bissell ... Petrix
Bartlett Robinson ... Buck Slavin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Foss (uncredited)
Joel Ashley ... Murch (uncredited)

Don 'Red' Barry ... Edward Calhoun (uncredited)
June Blair ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Wally Campo ... Barber (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Bartender (uncredited)
Paul Comi ... Luke Friendly (uncredited)
Walter Coy ... Deputy Sheriff Roy Tompson (uncredited)

Sheryl Deauville ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Mrs. Richardson (uncredited)
David Garcia ... George 'Pony' Benner (uncredited)

Frank Gorshin ... Billy Gannon (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Bob Nicholson (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
J. Anthony Hughes ... Shaw (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Hasty (uncredited)

L.Q. Jones ... Fen Jiggs (uncredited)
Stan Kamber ... Hutchinson (uncredited)

Gary Lockwood ... Gang Member (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... MacDonald (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Professor (uncredited)
James Philbrook ... Cade (uncredited)
Hugh Sanders ... Sheriff Keller (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner ... Bush (uncredited)
Mickey Simpson ... Fitzsimmons (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Lynch Mob Member (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Townsman (uncredited)

Joe Turkel ... Chet Haggin (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Worth ... (uncredited)
Henry Worth ... Burbage (uncredited)
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Directed by
Edward Dmytryk 
 
Writing credits
Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay)

Oakley Hall (novel)

Produced by
Edward Dmytryk .... producer
 
Original Music by
Leigh Harline 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph MacDonald (director of photography) (as Joe MacDonald)
 
Film Editing by
Jack W. Holmes 
 
Art Direction by
Herman A. Blumenthal 
Lyle R. Wheeler 
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair styles
Del Acevedo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ted Coodley .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Doris Durkus .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Saul Wurtzel .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Stanley Hough .... assistant director
Jack Gertsman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Al Bertsch .... props (uncredited)
Don B. Greenwood .... props (uncredited)
Joe Janich .... painter (uncredited)
Mike Wood .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
Steve Marsh .... sound (uncredited)
Robert Moyse .... cable person (uncredited)
L. Ralph Zerbe .... sound (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Etcheverry .... mechanical effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
L.B. Abbott .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Mickey Gilbert .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy Jenson .... stunts (uncredited)
George Robotham .... stunts (uncredited)
Roy N. Sickner .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Yrigoyen .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Cory .... grip (uncredited)
Les Everson .... gaffer (uncredited)
Til Gabani .... camera operator (uncredited)
Earl Johnstone .... best boy (uncredited)
Bert Kershner .... camera operator (uncredited)
W.A. Machado .... grip (uncredited)
Ray Nolan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Roger Shearman .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Owen McLean .... casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... executive wardrobe designer (as Charles LeMaire)
Jesse Munden .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Marjorie Plecher .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... conductor
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Rodd Redwing .... technical adviser: fire arms
Charles Hixon .... landscaper (uncredited)
Betty Levin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Gordon Novak .... landscaper (uncredited)
Walter C. Roberts .... dialogue director (uncredited)
William Roberts .... dialogue director (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Shoot Out at Warlock" - USA (reissue title)
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Runtime:
122 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System) | 4-Track Stereo
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 (Qualidade) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating) (2004) | USA:Approved (certificate #19195) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Trivia:
DeForest Kelley rather famously told an anecdote about the filming of this movie in his later years on the Star Trek convention circuit, about the time Princess Sofia of Greece was visiting the set and Kelley flubbed a scene by falling over a chair onto his backside and saying "Oh, shit," in front of the princess. Henry Fonda told him the following Monday not to worry about it because he had danced with the princess over the weekend and ascertained that she had no idea what "shit" meant. This did not stop Kelley from getting a standing ovation at the commissary when the cast and crew broke for lunch.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
John Brown's BodySee more »

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26 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
Perhaps the best psychological western ever made, 8 January 2001
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

I consider "Warlock" the best psychological western ever made. The main purpose of the movie is to draw a thorough inner design of the characters; nonetheless there is (happily) plenty of action and gun-fights, with no lowering of strain or moments of bore. As a matter of fact, important sides of the psychology of the male characters are represented through their attitude in violent action.

Clay (Henry Fonda) is a cool-headed gunslinger who, somewhat hypocritically, deludes himself to be fair since he kills people following "the rules". And it's a bit disappointing to see that people like and trust him mainly because he is handsome and well-mannered. However, Clay doesn't like violence and has noble sides, as shown when he stops a lynching.

Morgan (Anthony Quinn) is more honest in his self- judgment: he knows to be an assassin, who solves any possible problem caused by other people by simply killing them. There is a single important thing in his life, which he is even too ready to die for: his friendship-love toward Clay. Johnny (Richard Widmark) is the repented outlaw who has had the strength to quit a life of crime. He is naturally fair and non-violent, yet he knows when it's necessary to draw the six-shooter, for his own honor and moral code, and to protect innocent people. McQuown (Tom Drake) is just a loathsome, treacherous coward, who never face a duel without an accomplice ready to shoot his opponent in the back.

Of course, the main theme of the movie is Morgan's morbid affection for Clay. This totally absorbing love is masterly represented in the movie, in a crescendo of intensity, finally showing Morgan close to sheer madness. Reasonably enough, most critics have inferred a homosexual love in the relationship between Morgan and Clay. I'm not much Freudian and I have no tendency to find sex everywhere. I think that the director Dmytryk has made a deliberately exasperated, unconventional representation of the manly friendship, a classical motive in western movies. Here we have two adventurers, two gunslingers who deeply understand each other's feelings. Women (saloon-girls) are good for fun, and that's all: a real friendship is something completely different, extraneous to the feminine mentality. And deep friendship can be more jealous than love. In fact, Morgan begins to suffer when he realizes that Clay has found a true love, a coming spouse in Jessie (Dolores Michaels): he's not just infatuated by some meaningless, cheap girl. Morgan's natural, psychologically exact reaction can only be a brutal interference.

The preceding theme of the movie is really so interesting that one could miss to notice how beautifully treated is the psychology of all other characters. Let me focus and make some comments on Lily (Dorothy Malone), the cynical, life-tired former saloon-girl, devoted to a revenge against Clay, which she visibly makes a point of, without being really convinced of the sense of adding violence to violence. Malone is perfect for the role. Her charming beauty make us fully believe that both Clay and Morgan were once infatuated with her. And her splendid, sad, stern yet ironic eyes describe the weariness of her inner core more effectively than words. Lily has a pair of my favorite lines. "How could I love you... a cripple!", showing her capacity to wound her hated enemy Morgan, where it most hurts. "What do you want? A whole life in one night?": Lily loves Johnny, who is going to face a mortal duel, yet she's unable to check her spiteful irony, to get rid of her own former wasted life, showing herself worse than she actually is. And, moreover, she can't stand these preposterous honor codes of men killing each other, and for what? Really great stuff!

Other merits of "Warlock": the perfect script, the accurate photography, the magnificent locations. The acting by Fonda, Quinn, Widmark, Malone is superb, to say the least: that's exactly what we expect from them. The final clash between Fonda and Quinn is a powerful piece of cinema. Splendid movie, highly recommended (even to people not fond of westerns).



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