I am velvety-smoothReview is BELOWI am veltely smooth, too
Warlock (1959)
Review Rating:   Standard  
...back to Index
V to Z
20th Century Fox
Catalog #:
...or start from scratch
1 (NTSC)

May 24, 2005



Genre: Western  
The town of Warlock hire a celebrated gunman to protect them against a gang of thugs.  



Directed by:

Edward Dmytryk
Screenplay by: Robert Alan Aurthur
Music by: Leigh Harline
Produced by: Edward Dmytryk

Richard Widmark, Henry Fonda, Anthony Quinn, Dorothy Malone, Dolores Michaels, Wallace Ford, Tom Drake, Richard Arlen, De Forest Kelley, Regis Toomey, Vaughn Taylor, Don Beddoe, Whit Bissell, and Bartlett Robinson.

Film Length: 121 mins.
Process/Ratio: CinemaScope / 2.35:1
Anamorphic DVD: Yes
Languages:   English Pseudo-Stereo, English Mono, French Mono and Spanish Mono
Subtitles:   English and Spanish
Special Features :  

Movietone News Footage: Queen Frederika Guest Of Honor At Imperial Ball (0:59) / Theatrical trailers for "Warlock," "The Bravados," "Broken Arrow," "Broken Lance," "Forty Guns," "Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid," and "Drums Along The Mohawk"


Comments :

Though his early films dealt more head-on with various social issues, director Edward Dmytryk's later work, particularly the big-budget CinemaScope productions, often presented elements of injustice on a more epic scale. "Warlock" deals with the bickering members of a small town, but the film's gloss and grand widescreen photography somewhat betray the actual intimacy of the drama. Dmytryk's direction, however, maintains a solid balance of action, unwavering tension, and the turmoil of two specific character threads: Henry Fonda's realization that his breed of hired lawman is on the way out; and Richard Widmark overcoming peer pressure by assuming a vital community position for the benefit of the town.

Adapted from the Oakley Hall novel by teleplay writer Robert Alan Authur, this is an enjoyable western generously evoking the conflicts and action set-pieces of the O.K. Corral incident, and film fans will get a kick in catching a few Fox contract players that subsequently moved on to more recognizable careers, including DeForest Kelley (who's quite good in an upscale, bit part), Frank Gorshin (as another fence-sitting psycho), character actor L.Q. Jones, and a young Gary Lockwood in his pre- "2001: A Space Odyssey" years.

Extras are basically a trailer gallery, and a vintage Movietone newsreel with star Henry Fonda (nice tie) at a ball, kicking off a fundraiser with Queen Frederika of Greece (nice crown), for a global adoption charity.

Fox' DVD contains a lovely transfer of "Warlock," and a pseudo-stereo and mono mix of the original soundtrack, with Leigh Harline's score giving the film an omniscient sense of tension.


© 2006 Mark R. Hasan

_IMDB Entry________Script Online _________Fan/Official Film site________Cast/Crew Link
_IMDB Detailed Entry_______Scripts available online ________Fan/Official Film Site__________Additional Related Sites
____Amazon.com __________Amazon.ca _________Bay Street Video_______Comparisons_
__Amazon.com info____Amazon.com info____Basy Street Video info______Compare Different Region releases_
_Soundtrack CD__________CD Review__________LP Review__________Composer Filmog.
_________Soundtrack Review_______Yes, VINYL_________Composer Filmography/Discography at Soundtrack Collector.com

Site designed for 1024 x 768 resolution, using 16M colours, and optimized for MS Explorer 6.0. KQEK Logo and All Original KQEK Art, Interviews, Profiles, and Reviews Copyright © 2001-Present by Mark R. Hasan. All Rights Reserved. Additional Review Content by Contributors 2001-Present used by Permission of Authors. Additional Art Copyrighted by Respective Owners. Reproduction of any Original KQEK Content Requires Written Permission from Copyright Holder and/or Author. Links to non-KQEK sites have been included for your convenience; KQEK is not responsible for their content nor their possible use of any pop-ups, cookies, or information gathering.