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Warning Shot (1967)

Not Rated | | Mystery | 18 January 1967 (USA)
A police sergeant kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a stakeout. But the dead suspect is a respected doctor with no criminal record and the man's gun cannot be found, and the ... See full summary »

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Sgt. Tom Valens
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Capt. Roy Klodin
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Sgt. Ed Musso
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Frank Sanderman
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Alice Willows
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Liz Thayer
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Mrs. Doris Ruston
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Walt Cody
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Perry Knowland
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Paul Jerez
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Joanie Valens
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A police sergeant kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a stakeout. But the dead suspect is a respected doctor with no criminal record and the man's gun cannot be found, and the sergeant is charged with manslaughter. The sergeant works to clear his name and determine where the gun went and why the doctor was there at all. Written by Sean Taylor <st52@cornell.edu>

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Initially developed as a made-for-TV movie, it was subsequently considered too violent and the subject matter too mature for television, so it was released as a theatrical feature. See more »

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Mrs. Doris Ruston: I'm not your picture of a bereaved widow, am I? You would have preferred someone draped in black and weeping softly to organ music. Frankly, I've got nothing to cry about. Strange, my admitting that to you, the man who killed him. Jim was a blob, a jellyfish... umm, aren't I terrible? Am I any worse than you, ogling his widow? You see, Mr. Valens, you're no more noble than I am - We're two of a kind.
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Depression In the Orange Groves
23 December 2002 | by (brighton, ma) – See all my reviews

Warning Shot is a good, old-fashioned movie. David Janssen is the star, and acts in his usual style, like a cross between Alan Ladd and Jack Webb. The film is a murder mystery about a cop who claims to have killed a man in self-defense, only he can't find the gun he said the man was aiming at him. Buzz Kulik was a gifted director, and he handles this one well. Some people don't like this movie because it resembles a television show, as it does suggest in its visual style and art direction an episode of Mannix. This is too bad. It doesn't bother me at all, and the film is a hundred times better than Mannix ever was. Janssen was always at his best when hunted or woebegone. There was a quality to him,--I wouldn't call it sensitivity exactly--vulnerability, "hit-ability"; whatever it is, it's on full display here, and he does get badly beaten up at one point. The supporting cast is outstanding, with Ed Begley, Eleanor Parker, Keenan Wynn, Stefanie Powers and George Grizzard all first-rate. There's less for Walter Pidgeon and Steve Allen to do, though it's always nice to see them in anything. George Sanders has a small part as well, though he doesn't get a chance to shine, he seldom did in his later years.

The movie was one of several attempts to revive the forties crime film, whether of the noir or detective variety, probably inspired by the burgeoning Bogart cult of the sixties. Frank Sinatra and Lee Marvin appeared in a few like this, and Warning Shot is Janssen's crack at it. This is my favorite of the group. It's lean and fast-paced, a bit episodic, but in a good way. There's a lot of exposition, and a few false leads, but it's never tedious. I like the downbeat, depression in the orange groves, west coast Chandleresque aspect of the film, with palm and stucco everywhere, and cars that seem the size of today's SUV's only they're just Fords and Plymouths. Warning Shot's a period piece, but an entertaining one.


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