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Showdown at Abilene (1956)

 -  Western  -  October 1956 (USA)
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Jim Trask, former sheriff of Abilene, returns to the town after fighting for the Confederacy to find everyone thought he was dead. His old friend Dave Mosely is now engaged to Trask's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jock Mahoney ...
Jim Trask
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Peggy Bigelow
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Dave Mosely
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Verne Ward
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Chip Tomlin
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Dan Claudius
Harry Harvey ...
Ross Bigelow (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Dayton Lummis ...
Jack Bedford
Richard H. Cutting ...
Nelson
Robert Anderson ...
Sprague (as Robert G. Anderson)
John Maxwell ...
Frank Scovie
Lane Bradford ...
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Jim Trask, former sheriff of Abilene, returns to the town after fighting for the Confederacy to find everyone thought he was dead. His old friend Dave Mosely is now engaged to Trask's former sweetheart and is one of the cattlemen increasingly feuding with the original farmers. Trask is persuaded to take up as sheriff again but there is something about the death of Mosely's brother in the Civil War that is haunting him. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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sheriff | death | farmer | range war | gunfight | See more »

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THE BLAZING STORY OF THE GREAT ABILENE RANGE WAR! (original print ad - all caps)

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Western

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October 1956 (USA)  »

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Gun Shy  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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Excellent Permances Makes Showdown At Abilene An Above Average Western
5 April 1999 | by (Brea, Ca. USA) – See all my reviews

This is an average western that is predictable right from the start. Excellent performances by Jock Mahoney as Jim Trask, Martha Hyer as Peggy, Lyle Beher as Dave and, a young, David Janssen as Deputy Vern Ward make Showdown At Abeline worth a look. The hired gun was played by Ted de Corsia which was the only error in casting that I could find. The town of Abilene and surrounding areas, do not match the flat lands of Kansas but otherwise, excellent photography give the film added appeal.


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