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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:
Rock of ages comes to Warlock in Dmytryk's excellent adult Western. 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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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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Film debut of Gary Lockwood.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:
Rock of AgesSee more »

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Rock of ages comes to Warlock in Dmytryk's excellent adult Western., 14 January 2009
Author: The-Spike from United Kingdom

Warlock is a small town suffering from visits by a gang of thugs led by Abe McQuown. The honest townsfolk meet and decide to hire infamous gunslinger Clay Blaisedell to act as a marshal. Blaisdell, aided by his trusty companion Tom Morgan, proceeds to clean up the town and promptly takes control of the gambling and dance parlour. But things are rarely straight forward in a town of this type, one of the thugs (Johnny Gannon) decides to reform himself and takes on the role of legal sheriff. Things are further complicated when a woman arrives in town proclaiming that Blaisedell and Morgan killed the love of her life! This coupled with the fact that McQuown and his thugs are plotting destructive revenge, means that Warlock and it's array of complex characters are heading for judgement: one way or another.

The basic plot sounds like nothing out of the ordinary, the tough gunslinger with a reputation hired to clean up a town has been done a fair few times, with varying degrees of success. What lifts this Edward Dmytryk directed (and produced) Western above other films of its ilk is that it goes deeper than most of those other genre pieces. Blaisedell may be a fearsome gunslinger but we are at a time when a new breed of faster and more thuggish cowboys exist, but his very being is crucial to the number of events that transpire in Warlock. Here all central characters are multi-layered, there is a lot going on here that begs the utmost attention, tragedy hangs heavy with its looming presence, and Dmytryk threads all the story strands together with brilliant results.

Adapted by Robert Alan Aurthur from Oakley Hall's novel, Warlock boasts three excellent male lead performances and a firing on all cylinders supporting cast. Henry Fonda (Blaisedell), Richard Widmark (Gannon) and Anthony Quinn (Tom Morgan) are superb, while Dorothy Malone, Dolores Michaels, Tom Drake, DeForest Kelly, Frank Gorshin (sadly uncredited) and Wallace Ford come up trumps with excellent shows for totally important characters. The only gripe I can come up with is that I would have liked a bit more use of the Utah location courtesy of Joseph MacDonald's Cinemascope Technicolor; but since this story is primarily set within the confines of Warlock the town, one can be a touch forgiving.

During the last few years I have spent a lot of time revisiting the Western genre, and I have been rewarded with a ream of excellent adult pieces by the likes of Anthony Mann, Henry King and Budd Boetticher. Few of them are as undervalued, and maybe as forgotten, as this first class effort from all involved, it's a must see for any serious Western fan. 9/10

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