Warlock 06/01/19

Twilight Time

As the first wave of ‘adult’ westerns began to fade, 1959 gave us a burst of genuinely adult stories about the famed lawless towns of the frontier. Henry Fonda is at his moody best in a replay of his earlier Wyatt Earp, de-mythologized as just one more self-oriented opportunist in a land where even lawmen have an angle to play. But Fonda’s gun skills are impressive, and he’s halfway to becoming the soul-less ‘Frank’ from Once Upon a Time in The West. Edward Dmytryk almost rights his capsized directing career, and Robert Alan Aurthur’s screenplay delivers both an intense drama, & great gunslinging action. The backup performances are excellent too: Anthony Quinn, Richard Widmark, Dorothy Malone, Dolores Michaels, and Tom Drake. On Blu-ray from Twilight Time.