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Warning Shot -- David Janssen is Tom Valens, an L.A.P.D sergeant who fatally shoots what he perceives to be an armed suspect... but the man's purported "weapon" is nowhere to be found. Charged with manslaughter and suspended from the force, Sgt. Valens ignores public outcry and sets out to gather the puzzle's pieces, produce the "missing" gun... and clear his name.


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Whit Masterson (novel)
Mann Rubin (screenplay)
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18 January 1967 (USA) See more »
Gun, Gun, Who's Got the Gun? Is It Here? Is It Here? Is It Here? See more »
A police sergeant kills a man who pulls a gun on him during a stakeout. But the dead suspect is a respected... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Janssen ... Sgt. Tom Valens

Ed Begley ... Capt. Roy Klodin

Keenan Wynn ... Sgt. Ed Musso

Sam Wanamaker ... Frank Sanderman

Lillian Gish ... Alice Willows

Stefanie Powers ... Liz Thayer

Eleanor Parker ... Mrs. Doris Ruston
George Grizzard ... Walt Cody

George Sanders ... Calvin York

Steve Allen ... Perry Knowland

Carroll O'Connor ... Paul Jerez

Joan Collins ... Joanie Valens

Walter Pidgeon ... Orville Ames

Vito Scotti ... Designer
David Garfield ... Police Surgeon (as John Garfield Jr.)
Robert Williams ... Judge Gerald Lucas
Jerry Dunphy ... Himself - TV newscaster
Romo Vincent ... Ira Garvin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Bradley ... Man in Photograph (uncredited)
Jean Carson ... Cocktail Waitress (uncredited)

Phil Chambers ... Gardener (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Dr. James B. Ruston (uncredited)
Brian Dunne ... Philip 'Rusty' Ruston (uncredited)
Karl Lukas ... Custodian (uncredited)
Don Mitchell ... Black Protester (uncredited)

John Mitchum ... Reporter at Apartment (uncredited)
Robert Osterloh ... Reporter (uncredited)
Claude Stroud ... Photographer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Inquest Spectator (uncredited)
Jason Wingreen ... Reporter Outside Courtroom (uncredited)

Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
Writing credits
Whit Masterson (novel "711--Officer Needs Help")

Mann Rubin (screenplay)

Produced by
Bob Banner .... producer
Buzz Kulik .... producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc  (as Joseph Biroc)
Film Editing by
Archie Marshek 
Art Direction by
Roland Anderson 
Hal Pereira 
Set Decoration by
Robert R. Benton 
George R. Nelson 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist
Wally Westmore .... makeup artist
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property master
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Paul K. Lerpae .... special photographic effects
Ron Burke .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Tom May .... key grip

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100 min
Color (Technicolor)
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Pitchers Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax signed to appear in this movie as a tactic in salary negotiations for the 1966 baseball season. Both exercised escape clauses after coming to terms with the Dodgers.See more »
[Valens suddenly attacks Ed Musso and grabs his gun, pointing it at Musso]
Sgt. Ed Musso:Tom, don't!
Sgt. Tom Valens:Stow it!
Sgt. Ed Musso:Don't make it worse than it is!
Sgt. Tom Valens:I can't help it, now you turn around! Turn around!
[Valens grabs Musso's handcuffs, cuffs Musso's hands together behind his back, grabs his keys, then leads him to his closet]
Sgt. Tom Valens:Just a few more hours, Ed.
Sgt. Ed Musso:Go to hell!
[Valens locks Musso in the closet, then telephones Walt Cody]
Walt Cody:Hello?
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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
" Then my only option is to prove Dr. Rustin was no saint ", 12 January 2009
Author: thinker1691 from USA

It seems the late, great actor, David Jansen always chased fame during his cinematic life. On television he was 'the fugitive' and due to its popularity, became not only a household name, but a fixture in American language. On screen, his movies are a thin veneer of what he really could have achieved. As one of his most ardent fans, I always believed he would one day peak. In this film called " Warning Shot " he came awful close to the mark. Within the story he plays Sgt. Tom Valens, a veteran L.A. police officer with a serious approach to his job. However five years prior, he tried to arrest a scared young punk who fired his gun hitting Valens in the gut, leaving him apprehensive about future suspects with guns. As a result, when Valens is assigned to a stakeout at an exclusive apartment complex, he confronts another frightened suspect and orders him to halt. The suspect instead runs suspiciously and when cornered draws what appears to be a pistol, prompting Valens to shoot first. It is later learned the man Valens' killed was not only a revered and social philanthropist, but a highly respected doctor, catering to the poor. Sadly, no gun can be found. Suspended from duty and placed on leave, Valens is advised to enlist a high profile attorney who like most others, advises his client to plead guilty and ask for leniency. Valens states he is a sore looser and opts instead to prove the good doctor was not so saintly as everyone seems to think he was. The film is highly underrated and with the star power has become a cult favorite. Ed Begley who plays Capt. Roy Klodin, Keenan Wynn who plays Sgt. Ed Musso, Carroll O'Connor, Steve Allen, George Sanders and Walter Pideon are among the most notable stars who have bit parts in the film. Together, along with the haunting theme by Jerry Goldsmith they are the reason why this film succeeds in becoming a David Jansen Classic. ****

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