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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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(2 articles)
User Reviews:
One of the Best Westerns of the 50's 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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39 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best Westerns of the 50's, 28 May 2005
Author: Erik Rupp from Southern California

In the 50's Westerns were extremely popular, and many of that decade's best movies were Westerns. The Searchers, Winchester '73, The Man From Laramie, The Naked Spur - the list of great Westerns from the 50's could practically go on for days. One movie that should always be included on any list of best Westerns from the 50's is Warlock.

Warlock's strengths start with a very well written, intelligent script that gives the characters three dimensions and realistic motivations. The script uses these characters well in pushing forward the many solid plot points. Warlock isn't a "shoot 'em up," Western, but it does have its share of good action. Many fans have described this as one of the quintessential "Psychological Westerns," and to a degree that is true. It also features solid drama, and genuine excitement when the action scenes come.

Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, and Richard Widmark give some of their finest performances in Warlock, and a strong case could be made that this is Anthony Quinn's best performance in a Western. Fonda's dark, brooding performance foreshadows the even darker and nastier performance he would give almost a decade later in Once Upon a Time in the West. DeForest Kelley gives a strong supporting performance as well, showing his natural abilities in the Western genre.

Edward Dmytryk directed Warlock with a steady hand. He didn't overdo the direction looking to push the artistic envelope with unusual camera angles, but he did direct the movie with a flair and style ideal for a Western.

Ultimately, Warlock holds up not only as one of the best Westerns of the 50's, but as one of the best Westerns of all time and may be one of those movies that receives more acclaim with each passing decade.

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