Watch Now: WARNING SHOT
In Warning Shot, we follow the City of Angels sergeant Tom Valens (played by David Janssen), who is on a stakeout. Thanks to the fog that rolled in that night, Valens shoots and kills a man he thought pulled a gun on him. The man he shot turns out to be a well-respected doctor by the name of James Ruston. Unfortunately, the gun Valens saw in the doctor's hands is nowhere to be found. When he gets suspended and brought up on murder charges by the prosecutor, Valens realizes it is up to him to find out what happened with the gun.
Warning Shot was initially made as a television movie, but got a theatrical release due to its violent and mature content. The script was written by Mann Rubin, based on Whit Masterson’s book called 711-Officer Needs Help. When talking about the movie, it would be a sin not to mention the great performance by former Academy Award-nominee Eleanor Parker. She portrays Doris Ruston, the doctor's widow who uses alcohol as a means of dealing with her problems. And one of her coping mechanisms comes in the form of her trying to seduce David Janssen’s character. When it comes to Janssen, his work ethic, one that impressed everyone who had ever worked with him, made it possible for him to do this movie between shooting the third and fourth season of his hit TV series The Fugitive, and to craft a performance with such nuanced vulnerability. Director Buzz Kulik definitely felt appreciative of that, seeing as how it helped him create this unfairly overlooked drama.