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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 »
Awards:
1 win See more »
NewsDesk:
(2 articles)
User Reviews:
"Looks Like Law's Coming Back To Warlock" See more (53 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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)

Did You Know?

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:
Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
"Looks Like Law's Coming Back To Warlock", 25 January 1999
Author: Michael Coy (michael.coy@virgin.net) from London, England

Warlock is a little mining town in the Wild West. Local heavies from San Pablo are terrorising the citizens of Warlock, and the movie starts with the sheriff being run out of town. The citizens' committee decides to hire the notorious Clay Blaisdell to reimpose order.

Ethical positions are relative in the strange little world of Warlock. The citizens are willing to give Blaisdell free rein when it comes to cleaning up the town, even though his methods are famously ruthless, and his 'package' includes installing himself and his partner Tom Morgan in the saloon with their travelling casino. Blaisdell intends to earn a rake-off as the faro dealer. He will also collect $400 per month as the 'marshall', even though Warlock has no town charter and does not qualify for a marshall.

Blaisdell is himself a man of deep moral equivocation. Henry Fonda plays him as an emotionless killer who paradoxically forms deep personal attachments - first to Morgan, then later to Jessie Marlow (Dolores Michaels). He crusades to rid western towns of their bad guys, but does so on a strictly commercial basis. Blaisdell knows that the citizens' hero-worship will turn in time to resentment, and he and Morgan will have to move on to the next beleaguered town.

Morgan, too, is a man of profound contradictions. The cynical casino owner has little regard for the human race, but adores Blaisdell, "the only person ... who looked at me and didn't see a cripple." Morgan is Blaisdell's partner in the law-and-order campaign, and yet there is a strong suggestion that Lily is a whore and Morgan her pimp. The relationship between Blaisdell and Morgan has a definite homoerotic tinge, and when Blaisdell takes up with Jessie, Morgan behaves like a jealous lover. Eventually, he even gives up the will to live.

"Warlock" is an idiosyncratic film with its own look, its own terminology and a curious plot. The quaint high street with its rutted red clay is quite unlike standard western towns. When the characters talk of 'road agents', they mean stagecoach hijackers. 'Backshooters' are men who shoot others in the back. In the mean moral climate of Warlock, backshooters are everywhere. McEwan never sets up a confrontation without putting his backshooters in place, and Blaisdell's answer to the San Pablo boys is to cover their backshooters with backshooters of his own.

Richard Widmark plays Johnny Gannon, the San Pablo man who throws his lot in with the people of Warlock. Johnny is the measure of the town's growing maturity. If the people are prepared to back Johnny against the bad men, there will be no need for hired guns such as Blaisdell. The judge warns Johnny that his status as the town's totem will single him out for trouble - "You're a target, a symbol, and they must come after you." And so it transpires.

Changes of clothing signify changes of heart. Once Johnny decides to embrace the law, he doffs his denim jacket and starts wearing fancy duds. When Clay transfers his allegiance from Morgan to Jessie, he discards the silk waistcoats which are Morgan's 'uniform'.

"Star Trek" fans will spot DeForest Kelly ("Bones") in the role of Curly, the sarcastic joker of the San Pablo gang. We quickly form the view that Curly is not as brutal as the others, and this is borne out when the shooting starts in earnest.

The film has two climaxes. First, Johnny has to face down McEwan and his men, and then there has to be a reckoning with Blaisdell. This eccentric film manages to contrive an unexpected ending.

In a strong cast, Fonda and Quinn stand out as the ill-matched friends - the cold killer and the emotional gambler.

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