Warlock (1959)

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    Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

    Information from IMDB

    Plot Summary
    The town of Warlock is plagued by a gang of thugs,
    leading the inhabitants to hire Clay Blaisdell, a famous gunman,
    to act as marshal. When Blaisdell appears,
    he is accompanied by his friend Tom Morgan,
    a club-footed gambler who is unusually protective of Blaisdell's life and reputation.
    However, Johnny Gannon, one of the thugs who has reformed,
    volunteered to accept the post of official sheriff in rivalry to Blaisdell;
    and a woman arrives in town accusing Blaisdell and Morgan
    of having murdered her fiance.
    The stage is set for a complex set of moral and personal conflicts.
    Written by David Levene

    Full Cast
    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
    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)
    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)
    Bert Stevens ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Joe Turkel ... Chet Haggin (uncredited)
    Tom Wilson ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Harry Worth ... (uncredited)
    Henry Worth ... Burbage (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Robert Alan Aurthur (screenplay)
    Oakley Hall (novel)

    Original Music
    Leigh Harline

    Joseph MacDonald

    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.

    Two important roles were played by actors going very much against type.
    The often strong, tough, macho Anthony Quinn here is cast as a hesitant, even weak man.

    Tom Drake, who once played sensitive composer Richard Rodgers and while at MGM
    specialized in nice, clean-cut "boy next door" roles, here is cast as the chief villain,
    the evil boss of the vicious "San Pablo" gang.

    Film debut of Gary Lockwood.

    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.

    Character error
    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.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA
    (Town scenes, exteriors)
    Arches National Park, Moab, Utah, USA
    Dead Horse Point State Park - State Highway 313, Moab, Utah, USA
    (target practice scene)
    Moab, Utah, USA
    Professor Valley, Moab, Utah, USA
    White's Ranch - Milepost 14 Utah Hwy 128, Moab, Utah, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 2 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Warlock is a 1959 film, released by Twentieth Century Fox
    and shot in DeLuxe Color and CinemaScope.
    It is a Western adapted from the novel by Oakley Hall
    (screenplay written by Robert Alan Aurthur).
    Directed by Edward Dmytryk,
    it stars Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, and Anthony Quinn.

    The supporting cast includes DeForest Kelley who was a regular in Western films
    before becoming best known for Star Trek,
    Frank Gorshin, known for his role as the Riddler
    on the television series Batman,
    and Tom Drake, probably best known as John Truett,
    "The Boy Next Door", in Meet Me In St. Louis.

    Of course the big Duke 'Pals' in this one
    Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Just watched this again, for the second time only.

    I enjoyed it more this time, probably looking at it
    from a different aspect.

    The story line is good all though somewhat formulaic,
    town run by baddies, weak lawman, gunslinger stranger enters town,
    in this case invited, cleans up town etc etc.
    and everyone lives happily ever after.

    Never been a fan of Richard Wydmark or Anthony Quinn,
    and though both of them, completely outplayed by Henry Fonda..
    Always thought Quinn was poor and overrated and although
    it is said he was miscast in this, and yes it certainly shows, he was!!

    Wydmark got top billing, but make no mistake
    this is a Fonda dominated movie, and he was also miscast
    as a mean Fonda, much like as in 'Once Upon a Time in The West!

    A great menacing side to Fonda

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Just picked this up on Blu-ray last week. It was originally released by Twilight Time, but they closed up shop and a company,Screen Archives Entertainment had it for $19.95. Also picked up three other Twilight Time flicks, Bandolero with Dean Martin, James Stewart, and Racquel Welch, Hour Of The Gun with James Garner, Jason Robards Jr., and Robert Ryan, and lastly, The Captain From Castile with Tyrone Power, Lee J. Cobb, and Cesar Romero.