"Gun, gun, gun, who's got the gun?"
  • NR
  • 1967
  • 1 hr 39 min
  • 6.7  (979)

WARNING SHOT is a tense, dramatic thriller from 1967, directed by Buzz Kulik and starring David Janssen, Ed Begley, and Keenan Wynn. The film follows a police detective named Sergeant Tom Valens (Janssen), who is called in to investigate a shooting that took place in a small town in California. The victim is a wealthy businessman named Warren Fordyce, who has been shot in his own home. The prime suspect is Fordyce's gardener, an ex-convict named Johnny Carew (James Best), who has disappeared from the scene of the crime.

Valens sets out to track down Carew and bring him in for questioning. Along the way, he must navigate a web of political intrigue and personal agendas, as the case becomes increasingly complex and dangerous.

Fordyce's widow (Stefanie Powers) is reluctant to cooperate with the police, and it soon becomes clear that she has something to hide. Meanwhile, Valens' boss, Captain Roy Klodin (Begley), is under pressure from the town's political elite to wrap up the case quickly and quietly.

As Valens gets closer to the truth, he finds himself the target of both physical and psychological threats. He becomes more and more convinced that Carew is innocent, and that there is a much larger conspiracy at play.

The tension builds steadily throughout the film, as Valens races against the clock to solve the case before it's too late. The final showdown is a nail-biting suspense sequence that will have audiences on the edge of their seats.

The performances in WARNING SHOT are strong across the board. Janssen is excellent as the determined and dogged Valens, and he is ably supported by Begley and Wynn in their roles as the conflicted police captain and the ruthless town boss, respectively.

Powers brings a sense of unease and ambiguity to her role as the grieving widow, while Best delivers a memorable turn as the troubled ex-con turned murder suspect.

The film also benefits from Kulik's direction, which keeps the pace brisk and the tension high throughout. The cinematography is moody and atmospheric, giving the film a gritty, noirish feel that suits the material well.

Overall, WARNING SHOT is a gripping and compelling thriller that stands up well today. It's a film that will keep audiences guessing until the very end, and it's well worth seeking out for fans of classic crime movies.

WARNING SHOT is a 1967 crime movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 39 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7.

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    1 hr 39 min
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    6.7  (979)