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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 »
Genre:
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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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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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Color:
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:
Two important roles were played by actors going very much against type. The often strong, tough, macho Anthony Quinn here is cast as a hesitant, even weak man. Tom Drake, who once played sensitive composer Richard Rodgers and while at MGM specialized in nice, clean-cut "boy next door" roles, here is cast as the chief villain, the evil boss of the vicious "San Pablo" gang.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)See more »
Soundtrack:
John Brown's BodySee more »

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12 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Who's Dishing Out the Law and Order, 26 March 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Warlock has always been a favorite western of mine. With a top flight cast of leads and familiar western supporting players and a good director who gets pluperfect performances out of his cast, Warlock is one of the best westerns made in the last half of the last century.

Richard Widmark and brother Frank Gorshin belong to an outfit called the San Pablo cowboys run by a truly malevolent man played by Tom Drake. This bunch comes into the as yet unorganized town of Warlock and just shoot the place up and behave like animals. After the harmless town barber is killed and a deputy sheriff run out of town, the city fathers look to hire their own gunslinger to stand up to these people.

Who they hire is Henry Fonda and you get a package deal there, where Fonda goes so goes Anthony Quinn and a traveling saloon. Fonda's arrival sets off a complex series of events involving changing loyalties and motives. And a couple of romances get started, Widmark with former Fonda and Quinn gal, Dorothy Malone and Fonda with the prim and proper daughter of one of the town founders, Dolores Michaels.

Warlock has always been cited by film historians as demonstrating a not so subtle homosexual relationship with Fonda and Quinn. I think a case could be made for it, but I think it's a one sided crush with the crush on Quinn's side.

Fonda's a thoroughgoing professional, he's well aware of the pitfalls of his trade and the fact it's a dying profession as civilization creeps ever so slowly westward. His scenes with Michaels have some real poignancy to them, a man who wants more than anything else to leave killing behind, but knows nothing else.

Widmark takes up the challenge for official law enforcement. Oddly enough ten years later he did a western called Death of a Gunfighter where he becomes the man on horseback that Fonda has the potential to be in Warlock.

The supporting cast has some really fine and familiar character players. You always can tell a good film when the smallest of character players give indelible performances in a film where they might not have as much scenes and/or dialog to work with. My favorite in this film is DeForest Kelley who as a San Pablo cowboy demonstrates a streak of innate decency and fair play. If he didn't gain immortality with the original Star Trek as Doctor McCoy, this might very well have been Kelley's career part.

In a good John Wayne western, Tall in the Saddle, Gabby Hayes has one of my favorite western lines about law and order when he says he's for it, but it depends who's dishing it out. In Warlock it's the who and the how of the dishing that is explored here with a lot of disturbing questions raised.

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