In the small frontier mining town of Warlock, rancher Abe McQuown's gang of cowboy cutthroats terrorize the peaceful community, humiliating the town's legitimate deputy Sheriff and running him out of town. Helpless and in need of protection, the townsfolk hire the renowned town tamer Clay Blaisdell, as unofficial Marshal, to bring law and order to the town. Clay arrives with his good friend and backup Tom Morgan. The two men stand up to the ranch gang and quiet the town. Johnny Gannon, a former member of the ranch gang is bothered by the gang's actions, reforms and takes on the deputy Sherrif job while his brother remains part of the gang. The addition of the official lawman to the mix further complicate matters, leading to an inevitable clash of the cowboys, the townsfolk, the gunslingers and the law.Written by
Henry Fonda's name in the original US version is definitely "Clay," but some other sources refer to him as "Curt." Perhaps some foreign versions of the film renamed him because "Clay" as a first name was unfamiliar there, while "Curt" was. See more »
In the last "showdown" between Gannon and Blaisedell, there has been a large rain the night before and it soaks the streets. When they meet on the street, and Blaisedell throws his guns into the street, it is so dusty the guns just sink into the sand. Later in that scene, when Blaisedell rides his horse out of town, you can see the streets with wet mud instead of dry dust. See more »
What looks at first like it will be an enjoyable but mindless genre Western turns gradually into something rather darker and more nuanced. Almost nobody in this film is who they seem at first, and several characters undergrow gradual inversions, with results ranging from noble to deeply creepy. Who are the heroes? Who are the villains? You'll leave this movie much less certain than you were when you arrived.
Henry Fonda and Anthony Quinn are nearly upstaged by -- of all people -- DeForest Kelley, seen here just a few years before his career would be wrenched sideways by the role of Leonard McCoy in the original Star Trek.
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