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Showdown at Abilene (1956)

Approved | | Romance, Western | October 1956 (USA)
After the Civil War, Confederate Jim Trask returns to his native Abilene to find his sweetheart engaged to his old friend Dave Mosely who's leading the cattlemen in a feud against the farmers.

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(as Charles Haas)

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(screenplay), (story)
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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
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Ross Bigelow (as Harry Harvey Sr.)
Dayton Lummis ...
Jack Bedford
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Nelson
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Sprague (as Robert G. Anderson)
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Frank Scovie
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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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THE BLAZING STORY OF THE GREAT ABILENE RANGE WAR! (original print ad - all caps)

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Romance | Western

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Gun Shy  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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2.00 : 1
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This movie was remade 10 years later with Bobby Darin. It was called Gunfight in Abilene. See more »

Quotes

Verne Ward: You know the trouble with this business is it makes a man old before his time. You know I never did hear of a sheriff living to be a ripe old age, did you?
Jim Trask: Sure. Ed Murdock. They didn't shoot him until he was 38.
Verne Ward: Probably lied about his age.
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Remade as Gunfight in Abilene (1967) See more »

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Routine and pedestrian Western
17 May 2002 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In my view by far the best book on the Western is Phil Hardy's "The Western".It is volume one of the Aurum Encyclopedia of the Cinema a series which explores different genres in each volume.The methodology of the series is to provide capsule reviews on a year by year basis and the book has been useful in steering me towards some of the less well publicised Westerns

Phil Hardy does not deem this movie worthy of a seperate review and consigns it to a one line mention in an appendix This is a tad unfair because while routine in conception and execution it is sturdt enough and the studio obviously thought well enough of the basic plot to remake it in the late 1960's as "Gunfight in Abilene"starring the least convincing Westerner in the genre's history,Bobby Darin Mahobney plays "Jim Trask" a retuning Cofederate veteran who is pressured by old friend and ruthless entrepreneur "Dave Mosley" played by Lyle Bettger to take up his former job as the law in Abilene,a town riven by conflict between ranchers and the cattle interests represented bty Mosley who feels he can manipulate "Trask" to seve the cattlemans cause

Trouble soon breaks out and open conflict erupts between the parties before the final shootout restores order

Performances are perfunctory and the direction is routine,but genre lovers could do worse as a way of whiling away a wet afternoon


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