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Warlock (1959)





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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.

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Henry Fonda
as Clay Blaisedell
Richard Widmark
as Johnny Gannon
Anthony Quinn
as Tom Morgan
Dorothy Malone
as Lily Dollar
Dolores Michaels
as Jessie Marlow
Wallace Ford
as Judge Holloway
Tom Drake
as Abe McQuown
DeForest Kelley
as Curley Burne
Regis Toomey
as Skinner
Vaughan Taylor
as Richardson
Don Beddoe
as Dr. Wagner
Whit Bissell
as Mr. Petrix
Don 'Red' Barry
as Edward Calhoun
Frank Gorshin
as Billy Gannon
Ian MacDonald
as MacDonald
Stan Kamber
as Hutchinson
Paul Comi
as Friendly
Mickey Simpson
as Fitzsimmons
Robert Osterloh
as Professor
David García
as Pony Benner
Joe Turkel
as Chet Haggin
Sol (Saul) Gorss
as Bob Nicholson
Ann Doran
as Mrs. Richardson
Henry Worth
as Burbage
June Blair
as Dance Hall Girl
Walter Coy
as Deputy Thompson
Hugh Sanders
as Sheriff Keller
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Critic Reviews for Warlock

All Critics (4)

Henry Fonda as a graceful, sardonic and thoroughly efficient free-lance "town tamer" and Anthony Quinn as his devoted but sinister side-kick are the most interesting characters in this solid "adult western."

October 28, 2019 | Full Review…

The dense storyline doesn't always pan out as expected in this top-flight Western.

August 10, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

...stretches to two hours but feels at least twice as long.

February 11, 2019 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Arguably the best film made by Edward Dmytryk.

October 17, 2006 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Warlock


Adult western that deals with the threat of mob rule and a crisis of conscience for several of its characters. Henry Fonda is the nominal lead and he is fine as usual but the best performance comes from the great Richard Widmark who is tormented by a very basic struggle.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

A small town terrorized by outlaws hires gunman Henry Fonda as unofficial lawman but when the bodies start to mount up, local cowpoke Richard Widmark steps in as sheriff causing tensions for all concerned. Essentially a variation on the OK Corral story, Fonda's character is probably far closer to a true portrait of Wyatt Earp than his more romanticized counterparts. Although on the surface a black hat vs white hat generic western, it's more of a series of varying shades of grey hats in the ring, as each man has a shady past and ulterior agenda. Fonda is a man of violence that tries to play by the rules but has no illusions as to what his job entails; Doc Holliday style sidekick Anthony Quinn plays both sides of the fence off against each other but has very sketchy motives; Richard Widmark is initially torn between his inherent sense of right and wrong and loyalty to his friends but comes to realise the time for vigilante justice is over. The larger theme for the story is the passing of the old west from lawlessness to order and despite the rather formulaic approach, some well written characters and quality leading men make for a cut above the usual horse opera.

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

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