An immigrant Nevada rancher brings a woman from Italy to be his second wife but when he neglects her, she becomes involved with his trusted assistant. Nominated for 3 Academy Awards including Best Actor.
John Ford weaves three "Judge Priest" stories together to form a good- natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the South around the turn of the century. Judge William ... See full summary »
In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux...to the disgust of frontier ... See full summary »
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
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In a 2007 interview, director Charles Haas talked about helping Jock Mahoney, the star of this film, not be upstaged by a young David Janssen, whose gifts he recognized. "In a picture at Universal [Showdown at Abilene], I had David Janssen. I had him with [Jock Mahoney], who . . . was basically a stuntman. Stunts were easy for him, but as an actor he lacked a certain energy. So I couldn't afford to have David Janssen as his assistant, but he was under contract at Universal, and I had to [use] him. So I had him leaning against a door in every scene. He never understood why. The reason was, if I hadn't had him leaning against a door in every scene that he was in, he would've outdone [Mahoney], who was the star." See more »
Claudius don't bluff. He's the fastest man with a gun I've ever seen.
Give me the gun.
[Verne hands him his own gun]
No, that one.
As long as you're gettin' around to doin' some shooting you might as well have a gun with bullets in it.
I've got bullets.
[Jim takes the gun that they recovered from Dave Mosely]
Think you'll be able to use it?
How long have you known?
Ever since I first heard you talking in your sleep.
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Jock Mahoney and Martha Hyer star in this good B western about a Civil War veteran returned from the war with a dark secret and a desire not to carry weapons. Naturally he has no plans to return to his former occupation as sheriff of Abilene.
Abilene has a new sheriff in the coarse and brutal Ted DeCorsia and he's in the pocket of Lyle Bettger who in the interim has moved in on Mahoney's girlfriend Martha Hyer and they plan to be married. Everybody did think Mahoney was killed and one who was killed was Bettger's younger brother.
Abilene has also changed from a peaceful agricultural community to a trail's end for cattle shipping. How many gazillion westerns have been made with that plot premise and all it entails.
Given Mahoney is a cowboy hero in the tradition of Tom Destry you know he only has one way to go. Still Showdown In Abilene is nicely packaged for any western fan.
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