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Janssen is superb in this role! He underplays for all he is worth and that, essentially, was his greatest strength as an actor. It's a subtle, low-key study in desperation, and no one did this sort of thing better.
And what a cast! Some of these great names only have cameo appearances, but here is the line up:
Ed Begley - Valen's bull-necked Captain
Keenan Wyn - A fellow Sergeant who can't quite believe his friend is innocent
Sam Wanamaker - a cop hater and prosecuting attorney; out to nail Valens in court
Lillian Gish - a dotty old lady and former patient of the good doctor
Stefanie Powers - the doctor's former secretary
Eleanor Parker - the doctor's heavy drinking, but still glamorous, widow
George Grizzard - a tenant at the apartment block where the doctor was shot, who divides his time between being a private pilot, and having a whale of a time with his bikini clad, babe neighbours!
George Sanders - an unctuous, smooth, stock broker who looked after the doctor's finances.Read more ›
The film opens at a stakeout where police sergeant Tom Valens (David Janssen) and his partner (Keenan Wynn) tries to entrap a psycho killer, which is the way they refer to the murderer they are trying to capture. The stakeout is planned in the manner where one person sits alone and hides behind a bush while his partner sits in the car, which is somewhat baffling in regards to safety. Anyway, Valens awaits the killer to arrive when a little puppy emerges followed by a strange man that runs away after he has identified himself. It turns into a brief foot-hunt through the (smoke-machine) fog, which ends with the man pulling out what seems to be a revolver from his coat pocket. Valens reacts and fires his gun.
The man that Valens has shot turns out to be Dr. James B. Ruston, and later the police cannot find the gun that Dr. Ruston supposedly had in his pocket. It is unfortunate for Valens who is suspended from fieldwork until the investigation is over, but he cannot resist searching for the gun and the motive of why Dr. Ruston was at the location at the late hour. However, he does not find the answers he tries to find, and instead ends up in bigger problems when the district attorney has decided to try him for murder.Read more ›
Though it has a low-budget feel, it is well written and directed with Janssen giving his usual understated performance. He gets excellent support from a cast that is a who's who of hollywood legends. Among them Walter Pigeon, Carrol O'Conner, Joan Collins(at the prime of her young beauty) Keenan Wynn and Stephanie Powers. Janssen made this while on hiatus between seasons three and four of The Fugitive. Reportedly, he was already planning on his 4th season as televisions most wanted man to be his last and was hoping to turn his smallscreen succsess into big screen stardom. (Being a Movie star was his life long dream that eluded him) Sadly, none of his post Fugitive feature films did very well box office wise, and by the early 70's he was back on TV where he was always in demand until his untimely death in 1980. His tall, intense figure fits the role fine in Warning Shot as a police detective charged with excessive force, he shot a suspect and no one believes him that the man drew on him first. The title is a good play on the cop-movie practice of firing a shot in the air to warn or persuade a suspect to surrender. Something that is not done in real life in any city in the country. That issue is adressed in the film at his initial hearing. It's explained that a round fired any where but at the target could strike an innocent even blocks away. Much like how for years, in western and crime films we saw the good guy shoot the gun out of someones hand.
Warning Shoot is highly recommended for fans of film-noir and especially for David Janssen fans.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good entertainment. Saw it when I was a kid and wanted to see it again.Published 3 months ago by Greg
Anything with David Janssen I love. The movie has a great plot, and a bit of a twist at the end. I would like to smack Joan Collins just because she got to have a close scene with... Read morePublished 10 months ago by TS
If nothing else Warning Shot boasts an amazing cast of former stars, once and future stars, (then) current stars and stars-in-waiting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bryan
Ok, if you're a David Janssen fan, which I am, but he's best in The Fugitive.Published 18 months ago by Nanci Casad
This was a very good made for TV film, that I read was too violent for television at the time, so it was released to theaters? Read morePublished on April 7, 2014 by Lawrence Nepodahl
Once again, David Janssen plays the role he does so well -- of a man behind the 8 ball. Down on his luck, depressed, with everyone after him, policeman sergeant Tom Valens is... Read morePublished on March 30, 2014 by By Definition
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